Whenever Donald Trump isn’t tuning into Fox News, the channel that parrots his rhetoric and has become his safe space, he is busy re-watching his debates and rallies. In case you were wondering if he was doing this to be introspective of his performance — he’s not. Trump basks in the moments he believes are evidence of his brilliance.
It has been reported that Trump re-watches his rallies on his TiVo, with sources who sat with him saying that TiVo is preloaded on the large TV in the private dining room attached to the Oval Office. While watching, Trump will habitually comment on his remarks, reveling in his controversial lines. Apparently, Trump will say things like “wait for it… See what I did there?”
In one of the viewings of his rally footage, he remarked that what he did wasn’t easy. “I’ve been doing this a long time now and people are used to it, every rally, it’s like, people have said P.T. Barnum. People have said that before. And they think that’s easy, because hey, P.T. Barnum, he does the circus … They don’t realize; it’s a lot of work. It’s not easy.”
In the early weeks of his administration, it is reported that Trump enjoyed watching his debate performance with Hillary Clinton. His favorite debate was the one that happened in St. Louis, right after the Access Hollywood tape leaked, when Trump decided to flip the script and invite Bill Clinton’s sexual misconduct accusers as guests. Trump particularly relished the part of the speech where Hillary said that she was glad that “someone with the temperament of Donald Trump is not in charge of the law in our country” — to which he slyly replied with: “because you’d be in jail.”
Trump believes that that was such amazing comedic relief, that he needs to relive it and rewatch it habitually.