Donald Trump’s administration has been a disaster in so many ways that it’s hard to accurately put into words just how bad things have gotten. You have the lack of any domestic-policy wins for Trump and company, Robert Mueller’s ongoing Russia investigation (bye, Manafort!) that seems to finally be bearing fruit, his dick-measuring contest with Kim Jong-un, his use of racist rhetoric, and his constant need to threaten the freedom of the press. How do you sum all that up in a single metaphor? Is it like the Hindenburg disaster? I mean, that’s German, so it definitely captures part of it, but it doesn’t totally work. After all, there was a moment when people thought the Hindenburg would be incredible. The same cannot be said about the notion of a reality star becoming president. And the Internet’s favorite standby, “dumpster fire,” doesn’t quite capture the many facets of terrible we are currently facing. But then, thanks to NBC News and their White House correspondent Kelly O’Donnell, we now have a perfect video metaphor for Donald Trump and his time at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
Donald Trump was on the golf course again this weekend (because what else does he have to do), and he was looking at a short putt. He blew the easy shot and then, rather than letting the ball go till it stopped and taking another shot at the hole, Trump picked up his ball while it was still moving and quit the hole. The shot comes at about 45 seconds in.
That is a perfect metaphor for the way Donald Trump approaches politics. He makes it look like he’s trying, he inevitably fails, and then tries to pretend like said failure never happened. There’s a reason they say you can tell a person’s true character by playing golf with him, and I have no doubt that Donald Trump’s character would not impress us. Also, for a guy who plays a ton of golf, boy, does it seem like he sucks at it.