Now that Donald Trump has embraced his safe space for posting, on his own social media site where he can’t get banned and is surrounded by supporters, he’s getting back to his old habit of pumping out rages and fantasies for his fan base. Sometimes, these seem to reflect serious delusions of grandeur.
Joe Biden, when discussing how the Trump Administration increased the federal deficit every year, engaged in his usual habit of not mentioning the former president by name. He’s termed Trump the “former guy,” and frequently “my predecessor,” but this time, he crowned the Republican leader with the new name, “the great MAGA king.”
President Biden: “Under my predecessor, the great MAGA king, the deficit increased every single year that he was president.” pic.twitter.com/9QcecXstW9
— The Recount (@therecount) May 12, 2022
Trump, rather than taking the title as the derisive dismissal that it was, embraced it, and seems to have incorporated it tidily into the fantasies that MAGA has of him as the epitome of socially normative masculinity. His trolling fans love to produce photos in which Trump is edited to appear taller, thinner, more muscular, and heroic.
This one, captured in screenshots by users who have been granted access to Trump’s site, goes above and beyond.
Just posted by Donald Trump on Truth Social. pic.twitter.com/FsR4QjjJyM
— Ron Filipkowski 🇺🇦 (@RonFilipkowski) May 12, 2022
“The Return of the Great MAGA King” — of course, Trump has been campaigning to convince his fans that he’s taking the presidency back, either in 2024 (though he refuses to make it official, citing campaign finance laws), or by some trick of politics before then (even pressuring right-wing politicians to restore him to the presidency by undoing the election), so this plays right into his fantasy.
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