President Donald Trump often seems to double down after criticism and this morning may be such an example. Trump has been widely excoriated for his response to what he was thankful for on Thanksgiving. Trump was thankful for his own leadership and success. Now Trump has tweeted “Thank You President T” after noting falling gas prices.On Thanksgiving, Trump responded to the standard “what are you thankful for” question with “For having a great family and for having made a tremendous difference in this country. I’ve made a tremendous difference in the country. This country is so much stronger now than it was when I took office that you wouldn’t believe it.”
That led to a chorus of criticism, including those who felt that Trump also made Thanksgiving calls to the troops political this year.
Trump often seems to double down and this seems to be such a case with a tweet this morning reading: “So great that oil prices are falling (thank you President T).”
It reminds me a bit of Bob Dole who often referenced himself in third person. Here Trump references himself in third person and then compliments himself. It is an entirely self-contained celebration of self — an impressive accomplishment even in Washington.