It may not be possible to calculate how many times the current President has referred to America or one of its Presidents as the “laughing stock” of the world, but he made it come true Tuesday to a global audience on TV, the internet and countless social media feeds carrying his address to the United Nations' General Assembly.
Clearly, laughter was on his mind, because last night he tweeted a reference that “the Dems are laughing” about their opposition to Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
It’s an interesting tell, because he seems to overreact to others laughing at him and tries to turn it around. Some say it was the laughter that President Barack Obama and comedian Seth Meyers sparked while satirizing him at the White House Correspondents Dinner that provoked him to run for office in the first place.
But it’s not a joke. The current President has used “laughter” to delegitimize his opponents, another President, and this country countless times. I couldn’t index all of them, but using his Twitter archives as a proxy, the current President has referred to America as a “laughing stock” nearly 90 times.
And now it has come true.