Former President Donald Trump told more than 30 thousand lies over the course of his presidency, subsequently requiring others in his orbit to lie to defend him as well.
As a result, this barrage of lies didn't just illustrate a willingness to deceive supporters and critics alike, but led some to accuse the Trumposphere of denying reality altogether in service of maintaining the image of Trump as superhuman among his base.
This was particularly true in regards to Trump's energy. Pro-Trump lawmakers like Rep. Elise Stefanik of New York heaped praise upon Trump's energy, "substantive responses, ability to effectively answer rapid fire Q&A" in an ABC town hall. Far-right Fox News host Sean Hannity told Trump, "You are keeping an insane schedule, seven days a week. You really don't stop!"
Trump continues to tease the chances of a reelection bid in 2024, and some of his most valiant supporters are already attempting to quell concerns that he'd be too old for the trials of the campaign trail.
On Monday, Trump's son—Donald Trump Jr.—posted a picture of Trump, praising his resilience and joking that he got younger.
Junior said in the caption:
"There's some truth to this. He takes the stress and it fuels him, and in all fairness he took more crap than any other president times about 1000. Others can't handle it and they age 20 years overnight."
A screenshot of the post was shared by Vox reporter Aaron Rupar, and Twitter users mocked the sentiment online.
This Benjamin Button sequel suuuuucks assssssss https://t.co/yiLRXfiiFh— ☠️ Carrie ☠️ (@☠️ Carrie ☠️) 1630973437.0
Escapee From Local Asylum Pickled In Adderall https://t.co/TZUjhglWta— Jacques Texit⚜️ (@Jacques Texit⚜️) 1630971718.0
Hilarious, Junior is delusional if he thinks anyone believes this is what the former guy looks like. https://t.co/QemWVw8wqy— Renee Jones (@Renee Jones) 1631019171.0
It's like painting a car with a motor about to seize up. It's the inside that counts. https://t.co/X7AzXwCJ5z— Daniel Ahlert (@Daniel Ahlert) 1631027286.0
Some speculated that the photo was edited.
I wonder who’s photoshopped filter idea that was…I’ll guess it was Juniors. He seems like the type. https://t.co/r9CfJqF1Tj— Kona the Hyper-Dog (@Kona the Hyper-Dog) 1630978086.0
How much photoshop and makeup went into this? https://t.co/Cf7FEG6S6i— Windthin ~ Rebel Scum & Snark Jedi🇵🇷🏳️🌈🌊❄️ (@Windthin ~ Rebel Scum & Snark Jedi🇵🇷🏳️🌈🌊❄️) 1631016293.0
If they go to that much trouble to airbrush, why leave his hair looking like when my cat rearranges couch pillows? https://t.co/jdcAb7LsSi— SassyFrassanach (@SassyFrassanach) 1630981422.0
Looks like the Trump 2024 committee has hired Callista Gingrich as their photo editor https://t.co/neQqkOrD4g— (Taylor’s Version) (@(Taylor’s Version)) 1630972446.0
Trump has yet to disclose whether he'll be running in 2024.