Of all the baffling, cringeworthy, infuriating things that Trump has said over these past 99 days in office, I think this is the one that will stick with him to the end. What makes it so striking, I think, is its incredible simplicity and uncharacteristic truthfulness. In an age so full of lies, and so rife with complex conspiracy theories, this, I think, is the kind of quote that will reverberate. When all is said and done, this is what it is. This gets to the very heart of it. We elected a man who, by his own admission, had no appreciation for just how difficult a task it was to run a country. And now we’re dealing with the consequences. All of the other stuff, as terrible as it might be, I think, is secondary to this. He may be a liar. He may be a conman. He may even be a foreign agent. But, when you peal everything away, he’s just a man who came to power by assuring us that there were easy answers to problems that he didn’t even remotely understand.
[The above quote comes from an interview with Trump posted earlier today by Reuters.]
And because I can’t stop thinking about the phrase, “This is more work than in my previous life,” which was also said during the course of this interview.