After Donald Trump confessed to Reuters that he thought being president would be “easier” than it is, Twitter blew up with aghast responses from voters, people in politics and at least one former head of state, who pleaded with the president to please quit the White House and just stick to the golf links.
Trump’s remarks in an interview published Friday (”This is more work than in my previous life; I thought it would be easier”) drew a storm of comments expressing astonishment and derision, mostly delivered in the snarkiest way possible.
The comments were similar to Trump’s astonishing remark in February, when he observed: “Nobody knew health care could be so complicated.” Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) laughed at first when asked about that comment but then got serious: ”Yeah, we got a clue. When you provide health care in a nation of 320 million people, yeah, it is very, very complicated.”
If anything, Trump’s latest comments were even more rattling, drawing a stunned response from former Mexican President Vicente Fox Quesada and a zinger from commentator Keith Olbermann.
Oxford political researcher Brian Klaas weighed in with shock, and Democratic political operative David Axelrod wondered at the reality of it.
A particularly relentless rat-a-tat-tat rant came from someone with major chops in the Republican Party, David Frum, George W. Bush’s speechwriter, who wrote no less than 14 tweets attacking the president’s comments.
And the Twitter field was littered with those who just tried to make some sense of it all.