Election Day is tomorrow and somehow President Trump has convinced himself that in the face of overwhelming poll numbers indicating a likely win for Joe Biden, his time is best spent attacking celebrities rather than addressing the material concerns of the American people. Yesterday, he went after Lady Gaga over her support for the Democratic nominee because apparently he believes voters would rather watch him feud with a popstar than discuss how he plans to dig us out of this COVID-19 nightmare he’s landed us in.
His tweets yesterday clearly weren’t enough to get his resentment towards the incredibly popular musician out of his system though, as he decided to bring her name up at a rally in Pennsylvania today.
“Now he’s got Lady Gaga,” Trump said of Biden. “Lady Gaga…is not too good,” he went on as his crowd booed on cue. “I could tell you plenty of stories. I could tell you stories about Lady Gaga. I know a lot of stories. Lady Gaga!” said Trump, clearly implying that he has some kind of damaging dirt on Lady Gaga. It’s a cheap rhetorical tactic that he often employs when attacking someone in public. He will allude to some sinister secret then fail to provide any explanation or evidence, letting his listeners’ imaginations run wild with possible scenarios.
“And Jon Bon Jovi, every time I see him he kisses my ass,” said Trump, pivoting to attack another pro-Biden musician. “‘Oh, Mr. President.’ But he’ll get something out of it just like everyone is,” he added before devolving into his usual inane spiel about crowd sizes.
These attacks represent little more than a blunt articulation of Trump’s own howling insecurities. He has always desperately wanted to be accepted by Hollywood and and deeply resents that he has been ostracized by the glitterati. He is obsessed with celebrity and fame which is why with such little time left to campaign for his own reelection he’s wasting his time ranting about feuds that only he genuinely cares about. The man is a toxic narcissist who—barring some national electoral tragedy—will soon be banished from the public square.
"I can tell you stories about Lady Gaga. I know a lot of stories, Trump says cryptically, then immediately adds: "Jon Bon Jovi, every time I see him, he kisses my ass." pic.twitter.com/l37CDoiSZ4
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) November 2, 2020