How little does it take for people to lose their minds over President Donald Trump? That question’s no longer rhetorical, since there’s now a controversy over the fact that Trump just got his wife flowers and a card for her birthday.
The revelation came at the beginning of a much-scrutinized appearance by the president Monday on “Fox & Friends.”
“Good morning, and I picked a very, very special day because it’s Melania’s birthday,” Trump said. “So, I said let’s do it on Melania’s birthday. So, happy birthday to Melania.”
He was then asked by host Brian Kilmeade what he got his wife to mark the occasion.
— Fox News (@FoxNews) April 26, 2018
“Well, I better not get into that because I may get in trouble. Maybe I didn’t get her so much,” Trump said.
“I got her a beautiful card,” he admitted. “I’m very busy to be running out looking for presents. I got her a beautiful card, beautiful flowers.”
And, cue the media losing their minds.
Sky News‘ headline: “Donald Trump ‘too busy to buy Melania’s present for 48th birthday.” (Someone forgot the second quotation mark in there, but it’s not like they’re one of the world’s biggest news organizations or anything.)
Vanity Fair: “Trump’s Birthday Present to Melania Was a ‘Fox & Friends’ Appearance.”
The U.K. Daily Mail: “LIZ JONES: Buying a birthday gift for Melania Trump takes less time than a combover, Donald.”
Social media users, of course, were just as unhinged. Independent Journal Review collected some of the better responses:
I bet they have romantic dinner plans https://t.co/u95p9xuIHZ
— rabia O'chaudry (@rabiasquared) April 26, 2018
There is not a single way, no matter how small, in which he isn’t a total disaster of a human https://t.co/nXzv9wYJAI
— Jess Dweck (@TheDweck) April 26, 2018
Trump didn’t get Melania a birthday present. https://t.co/MpbOsqJIn8
— Kevin Baron (@DefenseBaron) April 26, 2018
She sniggers “don’t worry. I be taking EVERYTHING soon” ??
— Miss Mischief ?️?❤️?????️? (@mischiefcentral) April 26, 2018
For Melania's birthday, Trump gave her an interview where he admitted he had spent a night in Moscow, and that Cohen WAS his lawyer on the Stormy Daniels matter — two things previously denied. I can't wait for Mother's Day!! https://t.co/wnIV48RXQo
— Ronald Klain (@RonaldKlain) April 26, 2018
The last tweet refers to the fact that the media lost its mind over the interview in general, during which Trump went after James Comey, defended himself in the Michael Cohen affair, called the Russia investigation a “witch hunt,” and said there are a number of people at the DOJ “who shouldn’t be there.”
Typical headline on the interview, from CNN: “Trump’s ‘Fox & Friends’ rant was beyond unhinged.”
I’m not going to go through every point of the interview because I don’t think anyone really has that kind of patience, but let’s do the hackneyed — if reliable — switch test here.
Imagine if President Barack Obama said during an interview that he had gotten Michelle flowers and a card for her birthday. Picture the reactions: “Obama’s busy running the country, this shows just how crazy his life is,” or, “You know, a lot of women don’t like presents for their birthday. They just want to know their husband remembers them and cherishes them.”
Then there would also be,”Marriages are different. It’s not our place to judge what he gets her,” or, “Michelle Obama is down-to-earth. She doesn’t want fancy presents.”
That’s what we would hear. Instead, we got this. I don’t particularly care if the media freaks out over the “Fox & Friends” interview in general; it was Trumpian in every sense of the word, and one suspects the intended consumer wasn’t exactly the Wolf Blitzer-type.
However, freaking out over the president getting his wife flowers and a card for her birthday? Congratulations, media, on confirming every Trump supporter’s preconceptions of you.
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