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Trump Compares Himself To A King, Angry Critics Go French Revolution

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<img src="https://img.huffingtonpost.com/asset/5e489aaa230000350039b273.jpeg?ops=crop_702_203_3087_2134,scalefit_630_noupscale" alt="The man who would be king." data-caption="The man who would be king." data-credit="ASSOCIATED PRESS" data-credit-link-back=""><div><p>President <a href="https://www.huffpost.com/news/topic/donald-trump" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Donald Trump</a> compared himself to a king Saturday with a quote by American philosopher and writer <a href="https://www.huffpost.com/topic/ralph-waldo-emerson" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Ralph Waldo Emerson</a> warning: “When you strike at a king, you must kill him.”</p><p>Trump actually wrote “<em>the</em> king.”</p><p>Critics went wild.</p><p>Trump picked the quote in a tweet from a <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/01/us/politics/trump-impeachment-trial.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">piece in The New York Times</a> early this month warning that the angry, vengeful president would be dangerously unleashed once Senate Republicans acquitted him in the impeachment trial.</p><p>For extra measure after the Emerson quote, Trump added: “The Greatest Witch Hunt in American history!”</p></div><div><blockquote data-dnt="true"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">“Ralph Waldo Emerson seemed to foresee the lesson of the Senate Impeachment Trial of President Trump. ‘When you strike at the King, Emerson famously said, “you must kill him.’ Mr. Trump’s foes struck at him but did not take him down. A triumphant Mr.Trump emerges from the.....</p>— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1228666350635290624?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">February 15, 2020</a></blockquote></div><div><blockquote data-dnt="true" data-conversation="none"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">.....biggest test of his presidency emboldened, ready to claim exoneration, and take his case of grievance, persecution and resentment to the campaign trail.” Peter Baker <a href="https://twitter.com/nytimes?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">@nytimes</a> The Greatest Witch Hunt In American History!</p>— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1228666362886750208?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">February 15, 2020</a></blockquote></div><div><p>“You’re no king” almost instantly trended on Twitter. (A version of that rejoinder included “<a href="https://twitter.com/TalbertSwan/status/1228677945792847872?s=20" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Fool, you ain’t no king</a>.”) Several people pointed out to the president that the Times article was scathingly negative about him and an unusual one for him to promote.</p><p>The king quote was part of a number of wild tweets from the president before he headed out for another weekend of golf — at his course in West Palm Beach. (In a particularly sophomoric communication, Trump retweeted a five-year-old videotape of the <a href="https://twitter.com/PaulSam27131285/status/1228413300884504576?s=20" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">accidentally recorded bathroom sounds</a> of a Texas mayor. The tweet came from an anti-Trump account.)</p><p>But it was the king quote in a nation that threw off a king that really got critics going. <a href="https://www.huffpost.com/topic/walter-shaub" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Walter Shaub</a>, former head of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics, responded flatly: “<a href="https://twitter.com/waltshaub/status/1228676010884976640?s=20" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">You’re not king.</a>” Trump biographer <a href="https://www.huffpost.com/topic/tim-obrien" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Tim O’Brien</a>, now a senior campaign adviser to Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg, noted that Trump finally said the “quiet thing out loud: ‘I am a King.’”</p></div><div><blockquote data-dnt="true"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">When you say the quiet thing out loud:<br><br>“I am a King.” <a href="https://t.co/QbqoEftnS4" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">https://t.co/QbqoEftnS4</a></p>— Tim O'Brien (@TimOBrien) <a href="https://twitter.com/TimOBrien/status/1228686026526384128?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">February 15, 2020</a></blockquote></div><div><p>To attorney <a href="https://www.huffpost.com/news/topic/george-conway" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">George Conway</a>, the anti-Trump spouse of White House counsel <a href="https://www.huffpost.com/news/topic/kellyanne-conway" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Kellyanne Conway</a>, the tweet confirmed what he has claimed all along: that the president is an out-of-control narcissist.</p></div><div><blockquote data-dnt="true"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">So in essence: He’s admitting that he’s running on a platform of unrestrained narcissism. <a href="https://t.co/igvXAxjJ7P" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">https://t.co/igvXAxjJ7P</a></p>— George Conway (@gtconway3d) <a href="https://twitter.com/gtconway3d/status/1228668181243420672?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">February 15, 2020</a></blockquote></div><div><p>Former federal prosecutor and Michigan law professor Barbara McQuade was chilled by the tweet, calling it possibly Trump’s “most sinister.”</p></div><div><blockquote data-dnt="true"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">This may be the most sinister tweet Trump has ever posted. He is comparing himself with a king and threatening to use his powers for revenge on those who questioned his abuse of power. This after AG Barr said Trump’s tweets make it hard for him to do his job. Any response Mr. AG? <a href="https://t.co/SKEHnbGLOs" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">https://t.co/SKEHnbGLOs</a></p>— Barb McQuade (@BarbMcQuade) <a href="https://twitter.com/BarbMcQuade/status/1228684905757974529?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">February 15, 2020</a></blockquote></div><div><p><a href="https://www.huffpost.com/topic/christine-pelosi" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Christine Pelosi</a>, daughter of House Speaker <a href="https://www.huffpost.com/news/topic/nancy-pelosi" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Nancy Pelosi</a> (D-Calif.) tweeted that far from being a king, Trump is nothing more than an “impeached4life man who wants to draw everyone else into his hate and fury.”</p></div><div><blockquote data-dnt="true"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">For every minute you are angry you lose 60 seconds of happiness. - Ralph Waldo Emerson<br><br>He is not a king / he is an angry <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/impeached4life?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">#impeached4life</a> man who wants to draw everyone else into his hate and fury. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Resist?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">#Resist</a>. Find your joy. Organize for change and <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/VoteHimOut?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">#VoteHimOut</a>!<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SaturdayThoughts?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">#SaturdayThoughts</a></p>— Christine Pelosi (@sfpelosi) <a href="https://twitter.com/sfpelosi/status/1228689209528963073?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">February 15, 2020</a></blockquote></div><div><blockquote data-dnt="true" data-conversation="none"><p lang="und" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/YouAreNotAKing?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">#YouAreNotAKing</a></p>— Mia Farrow (@MiaFarrow) <a href="https://twitter.com/MiaFarrow/status/1228738548586643459?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">February 15, 2020</a></blockquote></div><div><blockquote data-dnt="true"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">10 days post-impeachment & he thinks he’s the king. <a href="https://t.co/nNY3PfAmWz" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">https://t.co/nNY3PfAmWz</a></p>— Joyce Alene (@JoyceWhiteVance) <a href="https://twitter.com/JoyceWhiteVance/status/1228677083649445888?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">February 15, 2020</a></blockquote></div><div><blockquote data-dnt="true" data-conversation="none"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">So there it is, pronouncing himself the King, and misusing an Emerson quote (about Plato).<br><br>As if he knew who Ralph Waldo Emerson was, not to mention Plato.</p>— Michelangelo Signorile (@MSignorile) <a href="https://twitter.com/MSignorile/status/1228675671125372929?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">February 15, 2020</a></blockquote></div><div><blockquote data-dnt="true"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/YouAreNotAKing?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">#YouAreNotAKing</a> // What a real King looks like in America: <a href="https://t.co/r8rH1Md7xl" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">pic.twitter.com/r8rH1Md7xl</a></p>— Diana Butler Bass (@dianabutlerbass) <a href="https://twitter.com/dianabutlerbass/status/1228742205277384706?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">February 15, 2020</a></blockquote></div><section><h5></h5><div></div></section>
The man who would be king.

President Donald Trump compared himself to a king Saturday with a quote by American philosopher and writer Ralph Waldo Emerson warning: “When you strike at a king, you must kill him.”

Trump actually wrote “the king.”

Critics went wild.

Trump picked the quote in a tweet from a piece in The New York Times early this month warning that the angry, vengeful president would be dangerously unleashed once Senate Republicans acquitted him in the impeachment trial.

For extra measure after the Emerson quote, Trump added: “The Greatest Witch Hunt in American history!”

“You’re no king” almost instantly trended on Twitter. (A version of that rejoinder included “Fool, you ain’t no king.”) Several people pointed out to the president that the Times article was scathingly negative about him and an unusual one for him to promote.

The king quote was part of a number of wild tweets from the president before he headed out for another weekend of golf — at his course in West Palm Beach. (In a particularly sophomoric communication, Trump retweeted a five-year-old videotape of the accidentally recorded bathroom sounds of a Texas mayor. The tweet came from an anti-Trump account.)

But it was the king quote in a nation that threw off a king that really got critics going. Walter Shaub, former head of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics, responded flatly: “You’re not king.” Trump biographer Tim O’Brien, now a senior campaign adviser to Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg, noted that Trump finally said the “quiet thing out loud: ‘I am a King.’”

To attorney George Conway, the anti-Trump spouse of White House counsel Kellyanne Conway, the tweet confirmed what he has claimed all along: that the president is an out-of-control narcissist.

Former federal prosecutor and Michigan law professor Barbara McQuade was chilled by the tweet, calling it possibly Trump’s “most sinister.”

Christine Pelosi, daughter of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) tweeted that far from being a king, Trump is nothing more than an “impeached4life man who wants to draw everyone else into his hate and fury.”

Source: Huffington Post Australia Athena2 https://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/trump-compares-himself-to-a-king_au_5e49d56bc5b64433c6182bfc

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