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Donald Trump Demands Your Praise & Set up a Hotline so You Can Give It to Him

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 01: U.S. President Donald Trump participates in a meeting with leaders of the steel industry at the White House March 1, 2018 in Washington, DC. Trump announced planned tariffs on imported steel and aluminum during the meeting, with details to be released at a later date. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

We all know how thin-skinned Donald Trump is. He needs praise and gratitude at all times. It’s why he’s obsessed with ratings and loves attending applause-filled rallies; it’s why his staff reportedly gives him packets of positive-only news; it’s why he insists any negative news is “fake.”

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He needs people to tell him how great and important he is, and when he doesn’t get enough of that, we can all see how deeply it affects him because he puts it all out into the world in the form of Twitter thread meltdowns.

That desperate need for vocal approval is the basis for a new ad–presumably the first for Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign, spotted on CNN by writer Yashar Ali. The ad features Trump’s campaign manager Brad Parscale, sporting a “thin blue line” Blue Lives Matter American flag pin, urging viewers to call a 1-800 number to leave a message thanking Trump for doing his job.

It appears the number may have been disconnected–my calls and those of my husband, who I asked to check it out, all failed. But according to The Washington Post, if you called earlier this week, you were encouraged to leave a message for Trump and also given the option to donate money to his campaign.

A fundraising gimmick would actually make total sense here, but that does seem to be a secondary priority after the thank-you’s. Trump really wants those thank-you’s.

“I need every Trump supporter to pick up a phone right now and deliver a personal thank you to your president,” Parscale says in the ad. “We need to let President Trump know that we appreciate what he’s doing for America. I need you to call the number on your screen and deliver a thank you to President Trump.”

He needs it. He needs us to thank Trump for the oft-repeated baseless claim that he “has achieved more during his time in office than any president in history.”

Of course, this desperate need on display begs the question … What happens if Trump doesn’t get the praise he feels he deserves? Will he decide not to run for re-election? Run for re-election out of spite? Continue to strip away rights from marginalized groups?

If you want to try calling to leave a message of praise or … something else, the number is 800-684-3043.

(via Vice, image: Win McNamee/Getty Images)

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Vivian Kane (she/her) is the Senior News Editor at The Mary Sue, where she's been writing about politics and entertainment (and all the ways in which the two overlap) since the dark days of late 2016. Born in San Francisco and radicalized in Los Angeles, she now lives in Kansas City, Missouri, where she gets to put her MFA to use covering the local theatre scene. She is the co-owner of The Pitch, Kansas City’s alt news and culture magazine, alongside her husband, Brock Wilbur, with whom she also shares many cats.