The day that a new Donald Trump tape comes out is just like Christmas for me. For one thing I’m usually wearing my childhood pajamas, and the less said the better on that. But mostly I just enjoy unwrapping big surprises, and The Donald is full of those.
MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow found it, and gleefully presented it on her show on Thursday. To me it’s even better than the Billy Bush bus tape, because it’s more recent (2014), less ugly, and paints a more complete picture of Trump’s archaic psyche — it’s full-on narcissism here, spoken in a language that any sports fan can appreciate.
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael D’Antonio wrote a book called The Truth About Trump last year, in which the subject sat down for several hours of audio tape interviews to dish out facts on his life. One segment involved his athletic days at the New York Military Academy in the early ’60s, which he attended from the eighth grade through his senior year of high school.
The segment about his time on the baseball team is just the best. Excerpt:
“I was always the best athlete. Something that nobody knew about me. …I was the best baseball player in New York when I was young. … But I also knew that it was very limited, because in those days you couldn’t even make a lot of money playing baseball. … Everybody wanted me to be a baseball player. But I was good in other sports too. I was good in wresting, I was very good at football. I was always the best at sports.”
So I’m assuming that Trump meant here that he was the best amateur player in New York, and didn’t mean to put himself ahead of Mickey Mantle or Roger Maris. I give him the benefit of the doubt because Trump isn’t exactly on intimate terms with annoying grammar elements such as coordinating conjunctions and prepositions. Up to half of his words occur only in his own head.
But we get the gist. It’s as if Trump was created for a Westworld-type amusement park populated not by cowboys but celebrity lawyers.
INTERVIEWER: “How were you as a hitter?”
TRUMP: “The best. The best hitter.”
Well of course he was. And just as he is on the campaign trail, specifics aren’t important. He could have said “I hit .465 my senior year, or something like that. But it’s enough for Trump to say “I was the best,” and assume that everyone will take his word for it. I sincerely hope that someone contacts his high school coach, who is now 90, so that he can confirm that the Donald wasn’t much more than a somewhat talented first baseman.