When German newspaper Bild interviewed Donald Trump for a full profile so their readers could understand more about the American president, they had no idea that they’d be sitting down with someone so unlike previous US presidents, or really any world leader.
So the questions ended up being pretty standard fare you might ask any celebrity.
The most interesting answer, however, in addition to finding out that he had no idea what the name of Britain’s Prime Minister was when he was elected, wasn’t necessarily what he thought the “most German thing” about him was (he likes order and strength, you guys), but who his hero is.
He was asked, “Are there heroes that you steer by – people you look up to from the past?”
Now, maybe you might expect to hear a president cite some other president as their inspiration, like Abraham Lincoln or FDR. Or perhaps you can imagine a Commander-in-Chief naming some great military hero from the past. Maybe you even think Trump might have named a celebrity, since he is a reality television star, after all.
But that’s not where The Donald went in this interview. Instead, he decided he was his own hero:
“Well, I don’t like heroes, I don’t like the concept of heroes, the concept of heroes is never great, but certainly you can respect certain people and certainly there are certain people – but I’ve learnt a lot from my father – my father was a builder in Brooklyn and Queens – he did houses and housing and I learnt a lot about negotiations from my father – although I also think negotiation is a natural trait, I don’t think you can, you either have it or you don’t, you get better at it but basically, the people that I know who are great negotiators or great salesmen or great politicians, it’s very natural, very natural.”
Yes, that big run-on sentence basically said it’s not good to look up to others, and that his natural ability to “negotiate” makes him worth being an idol to himself and others. Sure, he mentioned his dad – a man who was once arrested in Klan robes at a KKK rally in New York – but by and large, Trump couldn’t stop talking about how great he himself was:
“I got a letter from somebody, their congressman, they said what you’ve done is amazing because you were never a politician and you beat all the politicians. He said they added it up – when I was three months into the campaign, they added it up – I had three months of experience and the 17 guys I was running against, the Republicans, had 236 years – ya know when you add 20 years or 30 years – so I was three months, they were 236 years – so it’s sort of a funny article but I believe it’s like hitting a baseball or being a good golfer – natural ability, to me, is much more important to me than experience and experience is a great thing – I think it’s a great thing – but I learnt a lot from my father in terms of leadership.”
None of this self-centered talk is any surprise when you consider the lack of any sort of mental screening process for the things that come out of his mouth. He’s an absolute tyrant, and takes pleasure in it.
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