Trump can’t stop obsessing about his electoral map.

Trump Can’t Stop Obsessing About His Electoral Map

Trump Can’t Stop Obsessing About His Electoral Map

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April 29 2017 7:32 PM

Trump Can’t Stop Obsessing About His Electoral Map

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President Donald Trump speaks at the NRA-ILA's Leadership Forum at the 146th NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits on April 28, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia.

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President Trump has been in the White House for 100 days but he still can’t stop talking about his victory in the election that happened more than five months ago. And he apparently carries around copies of the electoral map showing how he won the electoral college and he’s ready to hand them out to everyone and anyone who he thinks should be fascinated. Earlier this week, we had already learned that he handed out copies of the map to three Reuters reporters right in the middle of a discussion about Chinese President Xi Jinping. “Here, you can take that, that's the final map of the numbers,” Trump told the reporters. “It's pretty good, right? The red is obviously us.”

The Reuters reporters were hardly alone. Trump is so fascinated by the map that he apparently asked a Washington Post reporter to run the electoral map on the front page to mark his 100th day in office. In an interview with MSNBC, The Post’s Philip Rucker revealed that Trump also handed him a copy of the map when they were in the middle of an interview.

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"He brought out the map, he said, 'Aren't you impressed by this map?' Aren’t you surprised by this map?’” Rucker told MSNBC's Chris Hayes. “He encouraged me to take it home to my colleagues at the Washington Post to try to run it on the front page of our newspaper.” Hayes interrupted him: “I’m sorry. Um, he, on his 100 days interview, five months after the election wanted the Washington Post to run the election map on the cover?” Rucker laughed: “He did. I think he was sort of playing there but it speaks to the pride he has on that map and he was showing it to his visitors. He feels very strongly that it was redder than an electoral victory map has ever been and he wants to do good by those people.”

Trump has repeatedly brought up what he loves to characterize as a historic victory (which it wasn’t), including at very inappropriate times. In a February press conference alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu he even brought up his electoral victory to answer a question about anti-Semitism.

Daniel Politi has been contributing to Slate since 2004 and wrote the Today’s Papers column from 2006 to 2009. Follow him on Twitter.