During a visit to Mount Vernon in April of last year, President Donald Trump reportedly could not fathom why George Washington did not name the estate after himself.
“If he was smart, he would’ve put his name on it,” Trump said according to Politico. “You’ve got to put your name on stuff or no one remembers you.”
On Wednesday, Anderson Cooper resurrected his eye roll while fiercely mocking Trump’s cartoonish ignorance of history.
“I mean, really, who remembers George Washington. Am I right?” Cooper said. “I mean, he doesn’t have a Broadway musical the president hates. Hamilton! He’s got a musical.”
“I've got to say, he has a point…. Really, who remembers George Washington, am I right?” asks @andersoncooper, on a report that President Trump criticized George Washington for not naming Mount Vernon after himself. #TheRidiculist pic.twitter.com/ieplw3SKVs
— Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) April 11, 2019
As for Washington? “He’s got what, that monument and that city, what’s it called? Oh yeah, Washington,” Cooper joked.
Cooper mimicked what he imagined was going through Trump’s head as he toured the first president’s home.
“Washington’s ratings are low, his wall is low, he’s choking like a dog in the street. John Hancock; him we remember, am I right? I mean he signed that… whatcha call it… Declaration of Independence with a huge signature. I mean, that’s branding. Washington? Drawing a blank.”
Cooper next went over a list of defunct products that were brandished with the Trump name. These include Trump Steaks (sold at The Sharper Image, yum!), Trump’s failed casinos, his ill-fated airline, and Trump’s former yacht – the Trump Princess – that was sold to Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal in 1991 when Trump was bankrupt.
“It’s probably best to not dwell on how those ventures turned out financially. Let’s just say they’re in the file cabinet marked ‘very stable genius.'”
Let us not forget Trump University, or as Cooper referred to it: “a $25 million class action settlement.” Trump also had a vodka brand that flopped.
Cooper posited that Washington should have named Mount Vernon “Washington’s Joint” because “that would be memorable… and why not do something the whole family could enjoy?”
Like “Trump the Game,” which was exactly what it sounds like.
You are funniest!!!!! Ivodka Trump…. the best of all vodka, made from various parts of Europe!
— tess (@TessE1002) April 11, 2019
Thanks for the laugh – I needed that! 😂
— Julia Spencer (@JuliaSp68139555) April 11, 2019
laughing out loud so darn funny 🇨🇦🇨🇦
— Anne (@AnneSteenson) April 11, 2019
— Jeannie (@ljspeirs64) April 11, 2019
Trump’s ego blinds him, and we should remember the opposite was true of Washington. How do we know this?