Does Donald Trump have any mode other than cringe-inducing?
Donald Trump — much more reality star than actual president — likes to keep reminding us how ill-equipped he is to be president… while also reminding us that he is still, at heart, a reality star.
He has made multiple comments about people, cabinet members including, appearing to have been plucked from “central casting.” Dr. Ronny Jackson, Trump’s new choice to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs, has not escaped the “looks like he’s from central casting” qualification.
Jackson found himself in a firestorm in January when he fielded questions from reporters at the White House on Trump’s physical. At the briefing, he famously pronounced Trump’s health “excellent” and dismissed questions regarding Trump’s mental fitness by saying he had “no concerns” in that area. The results of that physical combined with the average American’s ability to see… and the president’s eating habits having just been described in detail in Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury: Inside The Trump White House provided a ton of kindling for that particular fire.
But, of course, Donald Trump rewards obedience so Dr. Ronny Jackson, who tooted Trump’s health horn and… also appears to have been plucked from central casting finds himself promoted.
The president’s obsession with the appearance of staffers is such that a departure from “central casting” becomes worthy of a full op-ed.
Christopher Oldstone-Moore for New York Times:
John Bolton’s appointment as national security adviser is surprising in at least one respect. Mr. Bolton does not conform to President Trump’s well-attested preference for hiring people from “central casting” — that is, svelte women and square-jawed, clean-shaven men. Insiders report that when Mr. Trump first assembled his cabinet, he rejected Mr. Bolton for secretary of state because of his eccentric brush mustache.
Forget about the bronzer, the Max Factor foundation, the hours of tress-teasing to achieve that bouffant, or the way he sub-consciously lifts his head in profile so as to make his neck appear slightly less like that of a turkey — what kind of vanity combined with self-esteem issues does it take for anybody — least of all a president — to hire (or not) employees based on whether he finds them classically attractive?
Again, small potatoes, because this isn’t even on the short list of Trump’s most cringe-worthy qualities. It’s just super weird and creepy. Like the man himself!