While the waning days of the Trump era have been largely characterized by his dangerous lies about mass voter fraud and his refusal to concede to President-elect Joe Biden, they have not been without some levity. Dispersed throughout his screeching tweets about a “rigged election” is a clear glimpse into his shattered ego. Every time he retweets some deluded MAGA-head’s unsourced and untrue claim about the election what he’s really trying to do is desperate soothe his wounded pride. After four years of his cruel and disastrous reign, we can all be forgiven for taking some small joy in his emotional distress.
Yesterday, Trump took another shot at making himself feel better by playacting as “presidential.” The administration set up a video conference in the Diplomatic Room of the White House so that Trump could chat with American servicemen and women as part of a Thanksgiving PR stunt. The event went off the rails shortly after he concluded talking to members of the military when he decided to snap at reporters.
“Don’t talk to me that way. You’re just a lightweight,” Trump said to a reporter after his election lies were pushed back on. “Don’t talk to me that, don’t talk, I’m the president of the United States. Don’t ever talk to the president that way!” he added, sounding very much like a man who is deeply insecure with the fact he will soon cease to be POTUS.
JUST IN: President Trump snaps at reporter objecting to the President's false claims about the election: "You're just a lightweight. Don't talk to me that way. I'm the President of the United States. Don't ever talk to the President that way." pic.twitter.com/RbTKItjs9L
— The Hill (@thehill) November 26, 2020
Unfortunately for Trump, his undignified outburst wasn’t even the most embarrassing part of the event. Photographs of the room hit the internet and for some reason, the president was seated behind a comically small desk. The child-sized furniture was a far cry from the Resolute Desk that sits in the Oval Office and ultimately better suited the personality of a president who has acted like a spoiled manchild since day one.
There is, of course, a delicious irony in seeing the man who spent much of his life building enormous skyscrapers to slap his name on in ugly gold print sitting behind a cartoonishly tiny desk. Twitter users unleashed a brutal wave of mockery in response.
Just want to give an extra Thanksgiving shout-out to the person in Trump’s camp who walked out to look at that desk prior to today’s presser and went, “Yeah, looks good. Bring him in.” #hero pic.twitter.com/wR4TnBmZOg
— Richard Marx (@richardmarx) November 27, 2020
Every day someone in his administration who is actually resistance swaps out his desk for a slightly smaller one pic.twitter.com/8dJgxLKVAI
— Mike Denison (@mikd33) November 27, 2020
Trump: it’s a normal size desk?
desk guy (barely keeping it together): yea pic.twitter.com/eatmbEkiyu
— Michael Tannenbaum (@iamTannenbaum) November 27, 2020
Donald Trump NPR Tiny Desk Concert pic.twitter.com/IEW4s3lxy4
— how great is our god dude (@JuliusIrvington) November 27, 2020
Donald Trump’s desk maker: pic.twitter.com/rCm8w8c3vm
— Max Miller (@ohhelloitsmax) November 27, 2020
May this be how we remember the Trump presidency: a baby at his tiny little desk throwing a tantrum pic.twitter.com/T26DjF1fL4
— Parker Molloy (@ParkerMolloy) November 27, 2020
The Resolute Desk Total Landscaping https://t.co/JNlcrPR6gL
— Amarnath Amarasingam (@AmarAmarasingam) November 27, 2020
— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn) November 27, 2020
— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn) November 27, 2020
No Veep scene was ever as absurd as whatever played out behind the scenes that ended up with Trump doing a live press conference behind this desk. pic.twitter.com/KTsXk4Zd1s
— Dylan Reeve (@DylanReeve) November 27, 2020
I suspect the libs are having fun dunking on Trump borrowing one of his grandkids’ mini-desks while the Resolute Desk has already been shipped off to anchor the presidential suite at the new Trump Hotel Abu Dhabi or something. https://t.co/JWIVvb1QRS
— Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) November 27, 2020
By the look of Trump at that tiny desk the nuclear football is only Nerf.
— JeremyNewberger (@jeremynewberger) November 27, 2020
Keep in mind that when Trump screamed at a reporter, "Don't ever talk to the President that way!",…
… this is the desk he was sitting at: pic.twitter.com/Zih0jx72sg
— Roshan Rinaldi (@Roshan_Rinaldi) November 27, 2020
I will always remember Trump sitting in a second grade desk yelling.
— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) November 27, 2020
No but seriously, the person who convinced Predator trump that it was okay to sit at that tiny ass desk with that big ass seal with that tiny ass chair next to that oddly placed overly bare tree must hate him as much as we all do.
— Ricky Davila (@TheRickyDavila) November 27, 2020
ME: Trump's desk was tiny.
TWITTER: How tiny was it?
(this is, amazingly, not Photoshopped) pic.twitter.com/JOVHpsOlYg
— Bad Fox Graphics (@BadFoxGraphics) November 27, 2020
I think this was an actual bit in an SNL sketch where Steve Bannon was played by the grim reaper and had the resolute desk while Trump sat next to him at a tiny one. https://t.co/AGfiNaVotL
— Elizabeth Spiers (@espiers) November 27, 2020
A lot of people are saying that Trump’s tiny desk was a subtle jab by a staffer. I disagree. There is a deadly combination of incompetence and fear in his White House. Amateurs who are terrified of their boss’s insane temper and cruelty. He said get me a desk…did it and ran.
— Fred Wellman (@FPWellman) November 27, 2020
And I thought the Jack Black version of Gulliver's Travels was bad. pic.twitter.com/O74ax5Wpnm
— Dave Matt (@davematt88) November 27, 2020
Hundred bucks says Trump tries to equalize things today by hosting a press conference behind a comically huge desk.
— A.D. Miles (@80miles) November 27, 2020