Ummm, we now certainly understand how it was that Trump became obsessed with ratings. Many knew that there was fairly big money in television shows, especially popular network shows with … high ratings. But the New York Times report stating that Trump made over $400 million due to The Apprentice really did shock many of us (It also highlighted just how bad economic inequality is getting in the United States when a fairly mediocre television show can make a guy close to a half-billion dollars.)
But as much as Trump is about “ratings” for money, he’s just as much about “ratings” for attention. Indeed, there may not be that big a difference in his mind. One cannot conceive of money mattering much to him without attention, nor attention mattering to him without money.
But apparently, Trump hasn’t quite figured out that ratings for presidential debates don’t equate to money to him, nor necessarily to the type of attention that he craves. Debates don’t even have commercials! So why would the networks “miss him”?
And, generally when one is acting like the world’s biggest asshole, one wants the fewest people watching possible. And yet Trump couldn’t possibly be more thrilled about the “ratings” for the presidential debate.
Of all the ridiculous tweets we have seen over the years, this might honestly take the cake as the dumbest because it is just so … irrelevant, self-obsessed, arrogant, so typically “on-brand,” to the point that one wonders how this could possibly even matter:
HIGHEST CABLE TELEVISION RATINGS OF ALL TIME. SECOND HIGHEST OVERALL TELEVISION RATINGS OF ALL TIME. Some day these Fake Media Companies are going to miss me, very badly!!!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 30, 2020 
I mean seriously.
Does he realize that it is far more likely than not that so many people tuned-in because they hate him so badly that they certainly wanted to be able to say that they saw Trump go down in a whimper live? Does he realize that the only way to have the “highest ratings of all time” for a presidential debate is for people to have such strong feelings about it that they have to watch? And given that he’s been losing in the polls, most of those people cannot stand him?
Evidently not. Americans wanted to share their thoughts:
— Jules Morgan (@glamelegance) September 30, 2020 
What the hell is Trump even talking about? Is he talking about the worst presidential debate in US history which he destroyed with his pathologically dysfunctional behavior? I can't wait until January 20, 2021 when Trump is escorted from the White House!
— MURRAY 🇺🇸🗽 (@murray_nyc) September 30, 2020 
The ONLY time @realDonaldTrump  was SILENT was when he was asked to Condemn White Supremacy.
The SILENCE was DEAFENING
— The Resistor Sister ♥️🇺🇸🦅🙏🏻 (@the_resistor) September 30, 2020 
The only reason the rating were so high is because the voters wanting to see tRump's orange hair catch fire.
The were not disappointed.~)
Don't let this get back to tRump, it would hurt his feelings. pic.twitter.com/L0NyumfjdK 
— Jim B (@cedar1900) September 30, 2020 
WOULD YOU SHUT UP, MAN?! pic.twitter.com/0j1I1GsDl3 
— D Villella ❄️ (@dvillella) September 30, 2020 
"My Perp Walk out of the White House is going to have the Biggest TV Ratings that anyone's ever seen, believe me!"
— Trumpy Trumpy (parody) (@outofcontroljb) September 30, 2020 
We tuned in to watch you get humiliated by an actual grown up who understands policy & cares about America. What we got was a train wreck & an embarrassing display of your petulance, incompetence & insanity.
BTW- 200K+ Americans have died in mere months and this is your priority. pic.twitter.com/kl25rdXi6V 
— Jo (@JoJoFromJerz) September 30, 2020 
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