Outside the White House, President Trump called himself “the chosen one” while speaking to reporters about his trade war with China.
“This isn’t my trade war. This is a trade war that should have taken place a long time ago by a lot of other presidents. Over the last five or six years, China’s made five hundred billion dollars. $500 billion. Ripped it right out of the United States,” Trump said, shouting over the helicopter blades of Marine One. “And not only that, but if you take a look, intellectual property theft. Add that to it. And add a lot of other things to it.”
“So somebody — excuse me — somebody had to do it. I am the chosen one,” Trump said, looking up at the sky. “Somebody had to do it. So I’m taking on China. I’m taking on China on trade. And you know what? We’re winning.”
President Trump: "I am the chosen one."
— CSPAN (@cspan) August 21, 2019
While the “chosen one” moment by itself could possibly be excused as a moment of levity from the president, when taken into context with his tweet this morning, President Trump may possibly believe he’s been chosen by a higher power. Earlier on Wednesday, the President of the United States quoted far-right talk radio host Wayne Allyn Root in a series of tweets, in which Root referred to Trump as “the second coming of God.”
“Thank you to Wayne Allyn Root for the very nice words! ‘President Trump is the greatest President for Jews and Israel in the history of the world, not just America, he is the best President for Israel in the history of the world…and the Jewish people in Israel love him…like he’s the King of Israel. They love him like he is the second coming of God,” Trump tweeted, quoting Root.
….like he’s the King of Israel. They love him like he is the second coming of God…But American Jews don’t know him or like him. They don’t even know what they’re doing or saying anymore. It makes no sense! But that’s OK, if he keeps doing what he’s doing, he’s good for…..
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 21, 2019
As People for the American Way’s Right Wing Watch documented in July of 2018, Root said that undocumented children being separated from their parents were being treated “pretty darn good.”
“You may disagree with his policy on the border, but nobody’s taking them to concentration camps. We’re treating them pretty darn good, if you ask me,” Root said of children who were recorded crying for their parents while a Border Patrol guard mocked them. “So, you know, nobody treats kids badly.”
Whether or not the United States will prevail in its trade war with China remains to be seen. Last week, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross admitted that there was no “quid pro quo” with China when the U.S. backed down from imposing new tariffs on imported technology out of fear that it may impact Christmas shopping. In the meantime, American farmers and truckers who voted for Trump in 2016 say that they’re now souring on the president after having repeatedly borne the costs of the trade war.
“He’s killing our business. If consumers aren’t buying, then there is no demand. This really isn’t about my political leanings — it’s pure business,” a truck driver told Business Insider.
(Featured image: C-SPAN/Public Domain)
Carl Gibson is a politics contributor for Grit Post. His work has previously been published in The Guardian, The Washington Post, The Houston Chronicle, Al-Jazeera America, and NPR, among others. Follow him on Twitter @crgibs or send him an email at carl at gritpost dot com.