On Wednesday, the President Donald Trump, in the midst of answering a question about ongoing trade war with China, turned from reporters, and looked to heavens and proclaimed that, “I am the chosen one.”
Trump was joking or serious, while making the point he was trying to make is that, the past presidents should have dealt with inequities in United States’ relationship with China, but didn’t leaving him to handle it.
Trump jokes are freighted as always he did with what he believes to be lots and lots of truth. He does believe he is special and also unique. He’s far from the first president, in his defense, or even the presidential candidate to believe that. As the Beto O’Rourke famously/infamously told at the Vanity Fair in announcing his 2020 presidential campaign: that Man, I am just I am just born to be in it.
The view of Trump’s about himself as special one, of course didn’t arrive when he got elected as the US president in 2016. And that stunning victory was strongest evidence of it, and in Trump’s mind of just how special he is, and how much better, he is, it’s not as though he didn’t think of himself, that way prior to November 8, 2016.
As he wrote in “The Art of the Deal” (that is Trump’s second favorite book behind the Bible, he says that:
“I like thinking big. I always have. To me it’s very simple: if you’re going to be thinking anyway, you might as well think big. Most people think small, because most people are afraid of success, afraid of making decisions, afraid of winning. And that gives people like me a great advantage.”
He has repeatedly told the attendees, since being elected president, at his campaign rallies that they should be so thankful he won because had the Hillary Clinton won the economy, that would have collapsed and US would be at war with the North Korea among other catastrophes.
In fact, he believes himself to be a great man of the history. “It is much easier to act presidential than what we are doing here tonight, believe me,” Trump told an audience in 2017. “With the exception of the late, great Abraham Lincoln, I can be more presidential than any president that’s ever held this office.” He’s also compared himself favorably to George Washington when it comes to appointing judges.
“We’ll have more judges put on than any other president other than one,” Trump said in an interview with Hill.TV. “Do you know who the one is? George Washington. Percentage wise.”
“The final key to the way I promote is bravado. I play to people’s fantasies. People may not always think big themselves, but they can get very excited by those who do. That is why a little hyperbole never hurts. People want to believe that something is the biggest, the greatest and the most spectacular.”