Does Donald Trump have a sense of humor? His people often tell us that he was “just joking.” Maybe, he has a one-of-a-kind sense of humor along the lines of “You’re Fired!” Let’s see.
Humor can be a not-so-simple matter of exaggeration or seeing something from a different perspective. Yet, Trump’s acts are so over the top, that it is often hard for comedians to squeeze out a joke or two.
Was it a joke when Trump expressed his enthusiasm for China’s President Xi Jinping getting rid of term limits? He looked pretty serious when he said, according to The Washington Post:
‘He’s now president for life. … I think it’s great. Maybe we’ll give that a shot someday.’
Then, there was the time when Trump called all the Democratic members of Congress “un-American” and “treasonous,” because they did not stand and applaud at every phrase in his State of the Union address.
His White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders let people in on the joke:
‘The president was obviously joking,’
The man in the Oval Office was quite pleased with how his attack in Syria turned out. He told a group of Florida Republican donors, according to a YouTube video:
‘With way over 100 missiles shot in, they didn’t shoot one down. Every single one hit its target.’
Then, Trump “joked” that his new national security adviser John Bolton could lose his job if he received “all the credit” for last week’s airstrikes on Syria:
‘John, that’s pretty good. I didn’t expect that. I’m a little jealous. Are you giving him all the credit? Uh oh, you know that means the end of his job.’
Of course, the president was reading from remarks prepared by a professional speech writer. The crowd gave Bolton a standing ovation.
The commander-in-chief has made it clear how much he dislikes it when a member of his administration appears to gain the spotlight.
His former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson reportedly called him a “moron” less than a year ago. Then, Trump reacted by his version of joking:
‘I think it’s fake news, but if he did that, I guess we’ll have to compare IQ tests. And I can tell you who is going to win.’
Of course, the president has self-described as “a very stable genius,” according to CNN.
Then, there was the “joke” in July 2017, when he told a group of law enforcement members that suspects should be “thrown in rough” and not “too nice” into “the back of a paddy wagon.”
During his 2016 presidential campaign, his people said he was “just joking” when he looked into the network and cable cameras and said:
‘Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the (Hillary Clinton) 30,000 emails that are missing.’
Trump graced TIME‘s cover five out of 44 times in 2017. That was more than the four members of his administration and family combined. When, TIME dubbed his White House chief strategist, Stephen Bannon, “the great manipulator,” the president was not happy:
In 2018, the president appeared on two of the magazine’s 14 covers. Still, he chafed when his attorney genera, Jeff Sessions appeared on the February 23rd cover.
There has been a very hard kernel of truth beneath, ribboned through, and saturating Trump’s jokes. Woe to John Bolton if he does not heed Trump’s advice and outshines the boss of the United States. Get it?
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