Following this morning’s cabinet meeting in which Trump’s members took turns heaping praise onto him, Senator Al Franken (D-MN) spoke to MSNBC’s Chris Matthews about the bizarre moment.
Too funny. Al Franken can't even keep a straight face about Trump's cabinet members saying how "blessed" they are to serve this president: pic.twitter.com/kbml79URDP
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“I want to ask about this relationship between Trump and his cabinet people, who he hardly knows,” Matthews said. “What did you make of the genuflections around the table this morning? … They said, ‘Thank you for the blessing … of having this position.’”
Franken, a former writer for Saturday Night Live, didn’t skip a beat.
“I think the people there feel very, very blessed. … If they feel blessed to be in his cabinet or to be around him, to be his chief of staff for at least another week or so, they should feel very blessed. And I feel very blessed to be here. … Bless you.”
Franken’s mimicry was a welcome diversion to an otherwise uncomfortable moment at the White House in which Trump’s Chief of Staff, Reince Priebus, profusely thanked Trump “for the opportunity and blessing to serve [his] agenda.” While Priebus was probably trying to save his job, the overt commendation read much more like it would take place in an autocracy than a democracy.
WH Chief of Staff Reince Priebus to Trump: “We thank you for the opportunity and blessing to serve your agenda” https://t.co/L7DEdZUjV3
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It’s no secret that Trump would rather receive praise than actually govern the country. Yet as his closest confidants continue to discard their integrity in pursuit of the President’s adoration, they are effectively pinning the rest of their political careers on Trump’s doomed presidency.
Brian Tyler Cohen is a political writer, actor, and comedy sketch director. He graduated from Lehigh University with a dual degree in English and Business. He currently lives in Los Angeles.