A curious feature about Donald trump is that he hates to acknowledge that he is not perfect in any way. It is quite extraordinary really. This quality was on clear display during the primary race when Marco Rubio made that jab about Trump having small hands. It was clear that Rubio was crudely implying a correlation between hand and penis size that has no justification whatsoever but rather than dismissing it as a childish jibe, Trump actually defended the size of his hands.
I recall another incident where he was accused of having thin skin. He reacted strongly by insisting that “I don’t have thin skin — I have very strong, very thick skin.” It seemed like he had to defend the thickness of his skin not just as a metaphor but literally.
And then there was this exchange between Trump,, two of his children, and Howard Stern on the Stern’s radio show. Stern asked them how much 17 times 6 was and they all got it wrong.
As Kevin Drum says, “But that’s not what’s so great about this video. Lots of people might screw up this kind of mental arithmetic. What’s great is that even after he’s given the correct answer, he [Trump] insists that his answer is really the correct one.”
He just can’t help it. He seems to be simply incapable of acknowledging even the most minor deficiencies. It is as if he has this immensely fragile ego that even the slightest hint of imperfection will shatter.
As Trump himself might Tweet, “Sad!”