If you needed yet another reminder of the level of narcissism that can come out of Donald Trump’s mouth, then here it is.
And surprise, surprise, there were no condolences. Instead, Trump gifted us with a humble brag.
Trump initial reaction to 9/11 was to claim that he now owned the tallest building in downtown Manhattan. pic.twitter.com/61f0zREch2— Ron Filipkowski 🇺🇦 (@RonFilipkowski) September 11, 2022
The businessman took the opportunity to lay claim to one of his New York properties now being the ‘tallest’ building in Manhattan.
He says during the clip: "It was an amazing phone call."
"40 Wall Street actually was the second tallest building in downtown Manhattan and it was, actually before the World Trade Centre, the tallest," he said.
"And when they built the World Trade Centre it became known as the second tallest and now it's the tallest."
Ah yes, must have been such an amazing phone call to learn that the deaths of many meant he now had another reason to fuel his ego.
Bragging about having the ‘tallest’ building certainly seems like he’s compensating for something.
This was the first reaction to one of the most tragic events in United States history, from a man who was later in his life elected to lead that country.
The clip resurfaced on Sunday (September 11), seemingly as a reminder that Mr Trump has never not been an ego-fuelled maniac.
And yet again people were left appalled online.
Republican congressman Adam Kinzinger tweeted: "I forgot about this. What a narcissist."
Author, Steven Beschloss said: "In case you needed any other evidence of just how little he values human life - other than his own."
Whilst English novelist Michael Marshall Smith, tweeted: "Trump is a deeply damaged human being. A narcissist bordering on sociopath, a person incapable of seeing the reality of other people. Always has been, always will be. The damage he could do during a second term as president is incalculable."
Meanwhile, others pointed out that per usual Trump’s statement was also incorrect.
The claim was, of course, as false as it was crass. https://t.co/du06m16gHe— George Conway🌻 (@gtconway3d) September 11, 2022
Washington Post columnist George Conway said: "The claim was, of course, as false as it was crass."
According to the Washington Post, the Woolworth Building was the tallest building in Manhattan following the tragedy.
Of course, the carelessness of his comments should be the focus of his statement, but it’s not surprising that he managed to sneak in a lie while bragging at an inappropriate time.
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