Ask and ye shall receive. Or, in the case of President Donald Trump, ask not and ye shall receive anyway.
In Youngstown, Ohio on Tuesday, President Trump was holding yet another rally and talking about the crooked media when he decided to add in some classic bluster — this time, about Mount Rushmore.
His tactic: Say that you can’t talk about something, but that you really wish you could, and therefore end up talking about it.
“I’d ask whether or not you think I will someday be on Mount Rushmore,” said Trump. “But here’s the problem. If I did it joking — totally joking, having fun — the fake news media will say, ‘He believes he should be on Mount Rushmore.’ So I won’t say it, okay? I won’t say it.”
It was a not-so-subtle way to get the applause he craved at the idea of him carved in stone alongside Lincoln, Jefferson, Roosevelt, and Washington.
Of course, we can assume that Trump really did want everybody talking about the idea of him on Mount Rushmore. He just wanted to also paint himself as the victim.
But he probably didn’t want unflattering pictures like this floating around. Cheers, Twitter comrades.