Now Trump Compares Himself to First Responders

Apr 2016
oy...and he did so at the ceremony signing the first responder's bill. What an insult to those heroes.

Trump makes dubious claim (again) about his 9/11 efforts

But at today’s White House event, Trump added a line that stood out:

“In a few moments, I will sign the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund. This law makes permanent the financial support for families who lost precious loved ones as a result of September 11th attacks. It also provides pensions for those who are suffering from cancer and other illnesses stemming from the toxic debris they were exposed to in the aftermath of the attacks. Many of those affected were firefighters, police officers, and other first responders.​
“And I was down there also, but I’m not considering myself a first responder. But I was down there. I spent a lot of time down there with you.”​
There are just a couple of problems with this.

The first is that it may not be true was “down there” on 9/11, spending “a lot of time” with first responders. As Vox’s Aaron Rupar noted, there’s simply no evidence to support the president’s assertions.

Snopes investigated Trump’s 2016 claim by speaking to officials from the New York City Fire Department (FDNY) and construction demolitions experts who were at Ground Zero in the hours and days after the 9/11 attacks. Nobody could recall even seeing Trump at the site. Snopes also details how Trump has a history of exaggerating the role his company played in the recovery efforts.​
But let’s go out of our way to be generous and give Trump the benefit of the doubt. Let’s say for the sake of conversation that he really did spend “a lot of time” with first responders, “down there” at Ground Zero in the immediate aftermath of the attack. Let’s also say there’s literally no proof to substantiate any of this because Trump, shy and unassuming, made a point to obscure his efforts and keep a low profile.

Even if we make those assumptions, we’re left with a different question: why exactly did Trump think it was a good idea this morning to make the bill signing about him?

Look again at the context: the president referenced grieving families and ailing first responders, who’ll benefit from the new law. But it was the next moment when Trump said, “And I was down there also.”

That’s probably a lie, but even if he was there, what possessed him to tie today’s bill signing back to himself?


Forum Staff
Oct 2010
Oh, his severe case of narcissistic personality disorder. He scores a 100 on this list.

Signs and symptoms of narcissistic personality disorder and the severity of symptoms vary. People with the disorder can:
  • Have an exaggerated sense of self-importance
  • Have a sense of entitlement and require constant, excessive admiration
  • Expect to be recognized as superior even without achievements that warrant it
  • Exaggerate achievements and talents
  • Be preoccupied with fantasies about success, power, brilliance, beauty or the perfect mate
  • Believe they are superior and can only associate with equally special people
  • Monopolize conversations and belittle or look down on people they perceive as inferior
  • Expect special favors and unquestioning compliance with their expectations
  • Take advantage of others to get what they want
  • Have an inability or unwillingness to recognize the needs and feelings of others
  • Be envious of others and believe others envy them
  • Behave in an arrogant or haughty manner, coming across as conceited, boastful and pretentious
  • Insist on having the best of everything — for instance, the best car or office
Narcissistic personality disorder - Symptoms and causes
Aug 2018
been around
You guys sound obsessively deranged, and it's always all about Trump.

If only there was a term to describe the condition..