“I thought it would be easier.”

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.

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24 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    Posted April 28, 2017 at 9:06 am | Permalink

    It isn’t just Trump. It’s his entire administration.

    This was in the press yesterday.

    “I kind of pooh-poohed the experience stuff when I first got here,” one W.H. official said. “But this shit is hard.”

    http://politi.co/2ptbn7Q

  2. Amanda Smith
    Posted April 28, 2017 at 9:25 am | Permalink

    If you don’t like it… feel free to quit. Nobody’s stopping you!

  3. Eel
    Posted April 28, 2017 at 10:49 am | Permalink

    This is the same guy who said, “Nobody knew health care could be so complicated.”

    http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/27/politics/trump-health-care-complicated/

  4. Erin O'Leary
    Posted April 28, 2017 at 10:50 am | Permalink

    Is this his first complete sentence/coherent thought in his first 99 days?!

  5. Kat
    Posted April 28, 2017 at 1:16 pm | Permalink

    I cant remember where I saw it, but he also said something earlier this week about how he thought that everyone would love him.

  6. Kayla Mishler
    Posted April 28, 2017 at 8:15 pm | Permalink

    It’s like the living in the collapse of the roman empire but with wifi and kuerigs.

  7. stupid hick
    Posted April 28, 2017 at 8:25 pm | Permalink

    Trump, on his meeting about North Korea with Chinese President Xi Jinping, earlier this month at Mar-a-Lago: “After listening for 10 minutes, I realized it’s not so easy”.

    For four months before their meeting he tweeted uninformed and provocative criticism about China refusing to help contain North Korea. Nobody in his administration could have spent 10 minutes to prep him on the issue during that time?

  8. Lynne
    Posted April 28, 2017 at 8:47 pm | Permalink

    When I was at the Women’s March in DC, one of my friends said that she could tell that Trump didn’t like being president. She thought it might be because he was starting to realize that the president is required to talk to women…who aren’t 10s. I could not get that statement out of my head every time I saw a picture of him with Andrea Merkel. He looked positively miserable that he was being forced to be in the company of a post menopausal woman.

  9. Morbid Larson
    Posted April 29, 2017 at 4:09 am | Permalink

    People on this site voted for him.

    And then there were all the morons who claimed that Trump and Clinton were the same.

  10. Tommy
    Posted April 29, 2017 at 6:22 am | Permalink

    He is Chance the Gardner …. with a Twitter account

  11. Posted April 29, 2017 at 10:46 am | Permalink

    I recall that his first shock was that he would have to hire his own White House staff. Evidently he expected just to move in, like a hotel.

  12. Bob
    Posted April 29, 2017 at 11:53 am | Permalink

    And there are those morons who still think Clinton was a good candidate who just got hijacked.

  13. Lynne
    Posted April 29, 2017 at 10:45 pm | Permalink

    Any candidate who can win the popular vote is a good candidate. Any candidate who can win the popular vote despite facing sexism, Russian hacking and other interference, an ill-timed FBI report to congress, an opposing party who actively works to suppress the votes of those most likely to vote for them, and a decades long campaign of lies so powerful that even many on the left believe them, is an amazing candidate!

  14. EOS
    Posted April 30, 2017 at 6:09 am | Permalink

    popular vote map presidential election

  15. EOS
    Posted April 30, 2017 at 6:16 am | Permalink

    http://www.vividmaps.com/2016/11/2016-us-presidential-election-results.html.

  16. EOS
    Posted April 30, 2017 at 6:20 am | Permalink

    http://www.vividmaps.com/2016/11/the-clinton-archipelago-and-trumps.html

  17. Facts?
    Posted April 30, 2017 at 9:08 am | Permalink

    Great. I always wanted to live on an island.

  18. JA
    Posted April 30, 2017 at 9:40 am | Permalink

    The Titty Baby accused HRC of not having enough stamina. Wahwahwah.

  19. Demetrius
    Posted April 30, 2017 at 10:14 am | Permalink

    Geography ≠ population density.

    Color-coding election outcomes by county is extremely misleading. What really matters are precincts – which are substantially more numerous in densely-populated areas.

    Therefore, no cleverly-drawn map can change the fact that Trump lost by more than 3 million votes.

    The real point of these maps is to not-so-subtly suggest that the (minority of) votes cast by “real” Americans living far away from metropolitan areas are more important and somehow valid than those cast by “those people” living in or near major cities.

    Ironically – when you throw in the electoral college, and the shameful gerrymandering we’ve experienced in recent years, this is actually becoming increasingly true.

  20. Citywatch
    Posted April 30, 2017 at 12:58 pm | Permalink

    He is a fraud but now what do we do other than complain and poke fun?
    1. We have the resistance thing down and should continue that, but just opposing Trump is not a real policy that wins back Democratic and Progressive voters that went for Trump, stayed home, or felt that Hillary just did not present policies that reflected their values and needs.
    2. We may oppose Trumps tax plan, the Trump Care proposal, the immigration ban, and many other things, but at the same time as we oppose, we must PROPOSE something else so it is clear that the policies and strategies we propose are better. We cannot stand on what exists, because everyone knows that ACA needs fixing, women’s’ sand LGBT rights need to be protected, that illegal immigration needs to be addressed somehow, that we need to put a jobs plan or strategy in place to both improve things and win back voters. Grab the discussion!
    3. So we know what we don’t want, but what are the Democratic plans and policies going forward? We know what we DON’T stand for, but what DO we stand for? Our new slogan should be “Oppose and Propose”. Force a new and better discussion. It must be different from Obama and Clinton by necessity.

  21. Eel
    Posted May 1, 2017 at 9:07 am | Permalink

    Today’s Trump quote is even better. “Why was there the Civil War?”

  22. Eel
    Posted May 1, 2017 at 9:08 am | Permalink

    He then went on to talk about how angry the Civil War made Andrew Jackson, who died 16 years before the Civil War broke out.

  23. anonymous
    Posted May 2, 2017 at 7:34 am | Permalink

    Colbert to Trump: “Sir, the only the only thing your mouth is good for is being Vladimir Putin’s cock holster.”

    http://www.rawstory.com/2017/05/trumps-mouth-is-only-good-as-vladimir-putins-cck-holster-colbert-brutalizes-trump-in-2-minute-blitz/

  24. Frosted Flakes
    Posted May 2, 2017 at 8:18 am | Permalink

    Awesome burn.

    Trump is a bottom- gay-faggot.

    ?

    “OK”

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