Like an NBA coach reviewing game film, President Trump likes to watch replays of his rally and debates performances. But instead of looking for weaknesses in technique or for places to improve, Trump luxuriates in the moments he believes are evidence of his brilliance.
Sources told Axios that Trump commentates as he watches replays on his TiVo, which is pre-loaded with his favorites on the large TV in the private dining room adjoining the Oval Office.
When watching replays, Trump will interject commentary, reveling in his most controversial lines. “Wait for it. … See what I did there?” he’ll say, the sources revealed.
“People think it’s easy,” Trump said in one riff about rally footage, per a source with direct knowledge. “I’ve been doing this a long time now and people are used to it, every rally, it’s like, people have said P.T. Barnum.
People have said that before. And they think that’s easy, because hey, P.T. Barnum, he does the circus. … They don’t realize, it’s a lot of work. It’s not easy.”
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Trump also loves to relive his debate performances against Hillary Clinton. His favorite, according to sources with direct knowledge, was the St. Louis debate after the Access Hollywood tape leaked, when the Trump team invited Bill Clinton’s sexual misconduct accusers as their guests in the live audience.”
Trump enjoys rewatching the moment in that debate when Clinton observed, “It’s just awfully good that someone with the temperament of Donald Trump is not in charge of the law in our country.”
“Because,” Trump replied, “you’d be in jail.”
“He thinks it’s the greatest thing that ever happened in the history of presidential debates,” a source who’s discussed the moment with Trump told Axios.