Look, Donald Trump is the President of the United States. When you occupy that office, you have to make a concerted effort to remain above the proverbial fray. Because you know, you’ve got more important things to worry about than social media beefs with notorious media trolls.
Then again, the line gets blurred when you are yourself a notorious media troll. And it gets blurred even further when you take pride in defending your claim to the top spot on the list of the most notorious media trolls of all time.
So it wasn’t exactly surprising that Donald Trump turned a minor international incident into a publicity stunt last week, taking to Twitter to all but demand that three college freshmen he supposedly helped out of some hot water in China publicly thank him for his “efforts” even though when you’re President, securing the release of Americans held abroad for minor infractions (like say stealing a pair of sunglasses), is part of your job.
It also wasn’t surprising that Donald Trump fired back at LaVar Ball when he suggested that Trump had very little to do with freeing his son. Everyone was a bit surprised at how far Trump took it however, because it’s not very presidential to suggest that because a young man’s father doesn’t seem grateful enough, you should have left the son to rot in a Chinese prison for 10 years. But that’s exactly what Trump did – although the White House would later claim he “didn’t mean it.”
But all of that is in the past, and even though LaVar Ball gave a rather incendiary interview to CNN on Monday, you can rest assured that because it’s the holidays and because Donald Trump understands that it doesn’t reflect well on the office of the President when he engages further in absurd social media feuds, Trump will not be discussing the issue further, no matter what Ball says…………
I’m just kidding.
Donald Trump just called LaVar ball “a poor man’s Don King without the hair” and an “ungrateful fool”:
Note how Trump is once again hell-bent on making this all about him. In fact, he even throws his own State Department under the bus there on the way to putting “IT WAS ME” in all-caps, before suggesting that if it weren’t for “ME” Ball would be visiting his son in China during the holidays for the next “5-10 years.”
And if you thought that was absurd, here’s what he tweeted next:
That’s right America, he has now christened Mar-a-Lago “The Winter White House.”
Which I guess isn’t actually that surprising because after all, we also learned this week that Trump wine was being sold at a least one national park as recently as September.
Happy Thanksgiving, America!