According to White House aides, Donald Trump likes to have his rallies recorded so that he can go back and watch them in the White House to marvel out how amazing he is. Often grabbing aides and other staffers to watch with him, Trump isn’t trying to make his speeches better by critiquing his performance, he’s instead showing off how “brilliant” his performances are. Ring of Fire’s Farron Cousins discusses this.


Just when you thought that Donald Trump could not get any creepier as a human being, we’ve gotten reports this week that Donald Trump apparently likes to have his staff record his rallies, load them up on the TV in the Oval Office so that he can go back and watch them with his staff and his aids. Not to critique his performance and find out what he can do better, but because he wants them, along with himself, to marvel at his brilliance.

Now, what’s happening is they actually have a dining room attached to the Oval Office with this big TV, that is where they load up these rallies. Trump comes back from doing it, they sit down, they watch it. He controls the remote. And this is hilarious, because the reports say that he’ll stop, he’ll pause it and he’ll say, “Okay, wait for this. Here comes the big one.” And then he’ll say, “Oh, did you see what I did right there?”

He’s not critiquing himself, he’s marveling at how great he is. And in fact, staffers even say that he has compared himself to P.T. Barnum. And that statement right there gives you everything you need to know about this administration, and everything you need to know about these Donald Trump rallies.

It’s not just that he has such an enormous ego that he goes back and re-watches them, it’s that to him it’s not about the politics, it’s not about the policies, it’s about the performance. He is a performing artist now, that’s what this is. He is an actor. He thinks that he’s supposed to be going out there and entertaining people, or giving them something to talk about. Not politically, but about how great he is, how great his performance was. He should win an Oscar for this.

That’s what’s wrong with this man. This is a level of narcissism that is incredibly rare in this country. I mean hell, most of us who do this for a living go out and do these videos, we don’t sit and watch our own videos and say wow, look how great I am. I can honestly tell you that I have never sat and watched a single entire clip of anything I’ve done. Sometimes I’ve accidentally clicked on them and then had to immediately click out, but I do not watch my stuff. I know when I screw up, I don’t need to go back and re-watch it.

But this guy, he’s not re-watching it to say, ah yeah, I shouldn’t have done that, I see my hand thing was weird. Okay, I get it. No, he’s watching it so he can have all his aids and staffers right there and say, “Wow, do you see how magnificent I am. I’m such a great performer, I’m such a great entertainer. Everyone should love me.”

That is not the kind of human being that we need serving as the President of the United States, it’s the kind of human being that probably needs to be locked inside of a padded cell with 24 hour psychiatric help attending to him, because there is something clinically wrong with this man.

But he’s not going to stop doing it. He’s not going to stop doing the rallies, he’s not going to stop watching them, and he’s not going to stop marveling at how wonderful he is. The only thing that could bring that to an end is to get this man out of the Oval Office, and hopefully into a federal penitentiary.

Farron Cousins is the executive editor of The Trial Lawyer magazine and a contributing writer at He is the co-host / guest host for Ring of Fire Radio. His writings have appeared on Alternet, Truthout, and The Huffington Post. Farron received his bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of West Florida in 2005 and became a member of American MENSA in 2009. Follow him on Twitter @farronbalanced