Amid a gaggle of press reporters on Monday morning, Donald Trump said something that should send chills down the spine of every American who has ever feared that this country would become a dictatorship, and that’s saying something serious with the history of terrifying statements that Trump has made just in the short time he’s spent in the White House.
CNN reporter Kaitlan Collins, struggling to make her voice heard over the din of the crowd, managed to shout a question loud enough for the President to hear, and you can see the expression on his face turn from the Magnanimous Overlord™ smile (that he normally plasters on his face when he’s forced to go out in public) into the twisted grimace of an abuser who hates to be questioned.
“Are you worried that your staff is ignoring your orders, as the Mueller report portrays?” Collins asked.
Furrowing his considerable set of eyebrows, Trump responded:
Nobody disobeys my orders.”
Okay, first of all, that’s not the phrasing that Collins used. She said “ignoring,” which is absolutely not the same as “disobeying.” But that tiny glimpse into how Trump thinks is enough to give even the biggest Trump apologist pause.
Also, perhaps the President doesn’t remember, but even his two biggest supporters in the House, Jim Jordan and Mark Meadows, said that the only reason he’s not guilty of obstruction of justice is that the staffers, lawyers, aides, and Cabinet members who he instructed to break the law for him totally disregarded his wishes and did not follow through.
Nevertheless, Trump has clearly been seriously bothered by the fact that even his staff doesn’t take him seriously — he’s reportedly been seeking assurances that people are treating his decisions as orders rather than suggestions since the Mueller report came out.
This is Trump’s biggest weakness: Even if being portrayed as weak is the only thing saving him, he still can’t stand to be seen that way.
Watch the exchange with Collins:
Here’s video of Trump telling reporters, “Nobody disobeys my orders.” pic.twitter.com/wtOcKT6xDL
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 22, 2019
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