Time Magazine published a side piece by Michael Scherer and Zeke J. Miller accompanying its primary story on Miller's interview with the President. In "Donald Trump After Hours," the pair observed that "At the dessert course, he (Trump) gets two scoops of vanilla ice cream with his chocolate cream pie, instead of the single scoop for everyone else."
Hard as it might be to believe, some unhinged members of the press have pounced on this sentence as proof of Trump's less than exemplary character.
David Frum hysterically tweeted:
Though apparently intended as negative, Frum's tweet is vague. That's okay, because the Washington Post's serially Trump-deranged Jennifer Rubin explained it all in the first response at Frum's tweet":
The question Scherer and Miller apparently overlooked which now demands an answer is whether another guest who would like to have a second scoop of ice cream is allowed by Emperor, I mean President Trump to have it.
Not to be outdone, CNN apparently spent a healthy portion of the day dwelling on Trump's ice cream preferences, and presented it as if it's an open-and-shut case of greed:
CNN also posted a website story on the Time interview, and devoted its headline and first three paragraphs to — you guessed it — ice cream (link is in original):
Trump gets 2 scoops of ice cream, everyone else gets 1 -- and other top lines from his Time interview
President Donald Trump is living every child's dream: More ice cream.
According to an extensive interview with TIME Magazine, Trump's White House staff has settled into Trump's routine and know his desires, sometimes before he does.
For example: Trump takes two scoops of ice cream with his chocolate cream pie, TIME reported, while everyone else around the table gets just one.
Only after covering the all-important ice cream aspect of Trump's dining habits did intrepid CNN reporter Dan Merica venture into apparently secondary matters like Russia, some apparently introspective statements by the Commander in Chief, and the current climate of political meanness.
The web link seen in the excerpt above goes to Miller's primary interview, which doesn't mention ice cream at all.
CNN also did a two-minute video report on the Time interview which can be seen at its website story. The chyron caption through the entire report, regardless of what reporter Jeanne Moos happened to be discussing at the moment, was: "TRUMP'S EXECUTIVE PRIVILEGE: 2 SCOOPS OF ICE CREAM".
Also note (at the 1:11 mark) how Moos and CNN found an obscure tweet (I'm not linking, but trust me, the person has all of 19 followers) to make a sexist point:
By Thursday evening, CNN was already delivering vitriol and venom via Michael D'Antonio:
The little boy president
... the man is President, and he seems incapable of controlling his temper even if, in the long run, maturity would serve the country's interests. If you want proof, just consider the report from Time magazine on Trump's odd White House habits, including the fact that he got extra dessert when he dined with the magazine's writer. A grown-up, upon getting two scoops of ice cream when others at the table only received one, would quickly fill his companions' dishes. A child, who sees every moment as an opportunity to demonstrate he is the special boy, would, as Trump did, just wolf it down.The solution to the problem posed by the fact that we have a first grader in the Oval Office lies in whatever systems exist to take decisions out of his hands.
The unhinged D'Antonio was in such a hurry to go after Trump that he failed to explain how the President's preference for two scoops of ice cream has anything to do with his daily presidential temperament. I guess only people in the self-aggrandizing, virtue-signaling "resistance" can draw a straight line from ice cream to the need to unconstitutionally curtail presidential authority.
One hopes that the two scoops discovery marks the peak of Trump Derangement Syndrome. Sadly, I doubt it.
Cross-posted at BizzyBlog.com.