Did you hear the one about how President Donald Trump allegedly has to have his TV viewing habits monitored so as to "minimize" info that might piss him off? What about the other one, i.e. the one about Trump allegedly growing "increasingly angry" on the day of his inauguration after reading about crowd sizes? If you missed both of those, maybe you caught the one about how Trump allegedly became "enraged" after catching TV shots of this weekend's historic protests?
As the Daily Intelligencer pointed out in their Trump aide leaks roundup Tuesday, recent days have seen a string of similar accounts from sources allegedly connected with the new White House administration. On Sunday, for example, a Politico source said aides have to "push back privately" against Trump's "worst impulses," including anger-promoting TV:
"He gets bored and likes to watch TV, this person said, so it is important to minimize that."
Tweets also contribute to Trump's allegedly fragile emotional state, at least according to this account "several people close to [Trump]" gave to the New York Times:
"Mr. Trump grew increasingly angry on Inauguration Day after reading a series of Twitter messages pointing out that the size of his inaugural crowd did not rival that of Mr. Obama's in 2009. But he spent his Friday night in a whirlwind of celebration and affirmation. When he awoke on Saturday morning, after his first night in the Executive Mansion, the glow was gone, several people close to him said, and the new president was filled anew with a sense of injury."
Finally, the Washington Post shared perhaps the most detailed of these alleged accounts Monday night. "This account of Trump's tumultuous first days in office comes from interviews with nearly a dozen senior White House officials and other Trump advisers and confidants, some of whom spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe private conversations and moments," the Post said of their sources, noting that "broader power struggles" were at play within the "Trump operation" at large.
Douglas Brinkley, a presidential historian, summarized the alleged Trump administration struggles to Politico as a sign that we are currently witnessing "the worst start of a presidency in a very long time." To that end, here's a tweet sent from the @realDonaldTrump account just days ago: