There’s a long-existing joke that Donald Trump is so vain that he expects his face to be on Mount Rushmore.
Like many seemingly incomprehensible Trumpisms, this one is all too real.
According to the New York Times, last year a White House aide asked South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem about the process of adding a new face alongside those of Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt. (Mount Rushmore is in South Dakota).
There is no doubt about the implication that Trump was location scouting.
“People always ask me about Mount Rushmore, it’s fantastic. Let me tell you about Mount Rushmore. I do very well with Mount Rushmore. I love Mount Rushmore. No one loves Mount Rushmore more than me, believe me. Mount Rushmore loves me. I’m going to have so much Mount Rushmore you are going to get sick of Mount Rushmore. Mount Rushmore is about to get 10 feet higher,” said Trump, probably.
As early as 2018, Trump expressed his interest in having his face carved in stone. “Do you know it’s my dream to have my face on Mount Rushmore?” he asked Noem, who thought he was joking.
Here’s how that might look, by the way:
Trump, for his part, denied the story, though he did say it was “a good idea.”
According to officials, there is no room for any more presidential heads.