The New York Times recently reported that President Trump watches more television than most people with jobs have time for: at least four hours, and sometimes up to eight.
“If you want to get a message to him, literally, time for dinner, you better hope that ‘Fox & Friends’ says it. Because that apparently is where he gets most of his information or at least where he gets most of his emotional well-being every day,” KIRO Radio’s Mike Lewis said on “Tom and Curley.”
Trump’s television programs of choice include CNN, “Fox & Friends,” and MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” The shows are both a source of encouragement and a source of fuel for the day’s obligatory Twitter rants.
“He gets bummed out if he’s not on television, regardless of context. That to me was the most telling thing,” Lewis said. “He doesn’t even care whether it’s unflattering or flattering. When he’s not on it, he gets really unhappy.”
At first, it might be unclear how a person with a job, much less such an important job, has time to watch that much television.
“They want him to get into the office and start working, the president to begin a little sooner, but he normally comes into the oval office between 9 and 9:30,” KIRO Radio’s John Curley said.
“Sometimes in his pajamas,” Lewis added.
President Trump did deny the truth of the article. According to the New York Times, he said he doesn’t actually watch that much television “because of documents.”
One thing most Americans probably can relate to is Trump’s desire to be king of the remote.
“Only the president can control the clicker. He’s got total control of it. He’ll give it to you, but you have to ask for it,” Curley said.
“I bet no one even picks it up. I bet even if he hands it to you, you probably just hand it back,” Lewis replied.
“Can’t take the power,” said Curley.