The Founding Fathers, in their wisdom, gave us the Electoral College. Now the Electoral College has given us President Trump.
We know he lost the popular vote by almost 3 million votes, and we know most Americans believe he isn’t fit for the Oval Office. But in the six weeks since the election we’ve learned three more truths about Trump.
The first truth: He’s truth-resistant.
Election officials from all 50 states, Republicans and Democrats, confirm there wasn’t any voter fraud of any consequence. Yet Trump says millions of votes were fraudulent.
The CIA and FBI say Russia hacked Democratic emails to influence the election. Yet Trump says it didn’t happen.
The second truth is that, like all narcissists, he can’t help but lash out viciously at anyone who utters the slightest criticism of him. Or jokes about him.
The third – and related – truth comes from Senator Al Franken, who noted this striking characteristic: “Donald Trump never laughs.”
Think of great Presidents: Lincoln, TR, FDR, JFK, Reagan, Obama. They all laughed. Especially at themselves. Even mediocre Presidents laughed: Ford and both Bushes.
The only modern President who never laughed was Nixon. Case closed.
So three truths about Trump: Truth-resistant, thin-skinned and humorless.
What could possibly go wrong?