Donald Trump watches 4 to 8 hours of television a day, while guzzling 12 Diet Cokes

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Ever since Robert Mueller charged Michael Flynn with one felony count of lying to the FBI, sh-t has gotten crazy. Even more crazy than usual. One of my favorite shows on MSNBC is Nicolle Wallace’s show, and she’s been making the case every single day for weeks that Donald Trump knows the walls are closing in on him, and once you look at everything he does, says or tweets from that image, it makes perfect sense. Everyone around Trump is basically trying to settle him down and keep him from losing his mind even further, like they’re soothing a wayward, tantrum-prone toddler. So what does the sucky baby known as Bigly do to soothe himself? He downs a dozen Diet Cokes a day and watches as much as eight hours of television a day. For real. The New York Times did a story called “Inside Donald Trump’s Hour-by-Hour Battle for Self-Preservation”you can read the story here. Some highlights:

Trump watches four-to-eight hours of television a day. NYT: “Mr. Trump spends at least four hours a day, and sometimes as much as twice that, in front of a television, sometimes with the volume muted, marinating in the no-holds-barred wars of cable news and eager to fire back.” The president is also eager to comment on whatever is on TV and “he shares thoughts with anyone in the room, even the household staff.”

Trump’s mood can rise and fall based on morning shows. It has long been clear that Fox and Friends, the headquarters for inane pro-Trump babble, is a primary driver of Trump’s tweets. (The Times reports that “aides monitor ‘Fox & Friends’ live or through a transcription service in much the way commodities traders might keep tabs on market futures to predict the direction of their day.”) But sometimes, Trump starts his day off with CNN or MSNBC, saving Fox’s daily Trump affirmations for later, via his presidential “super TiVo.” If he doesn’t wake up with a healthy dose of Fox propaganda, Trump is “likely to be in a foul mood,” which, in our delightful reality, makes the odds of nuclear armageddon tick upward by about 0.8 percent.

He only enjoys news about himself: One former top adviser said Mr. Trump “grew uncomfortable after two or three days of peace and could not handle watching the news without seeing himself on it,” the Times reports. Trump is obsessed with media in general and as much as he likes to rail against reporters he “is still delighted when he sees his name in the headlines.” And he gets nervous when it isn’t there, which would go a long way to explain his sometimes difficult-to-believe Twitter rants.

He sees his presidency as a TV show. “Before taking office, Mr. Trump told top aides to think of each presidential day as an episode in a television show in which he vanquishes rivals.”

[From Slate & NY Mag]

I like diet soda too (I’m not a coffee drinker, so I have to get caffeine some other way!) but 12 diet sodas a day is INSANE. Even if you’re tired, even if you need a caffeine injection, do you know how jittery 12 Diet Cokes would make one person? It’s not healthy. As for the television stuff… I mean, we already knew that Trump is the Peak Fox News Viewer: he’s old, he’s white, he’s angry, he’s racist, he’s stupid, he’s mean, he’s cruel and he’s profoundly ignorant. Of course he watches Fox News constantly. I’m also not surprised that he checks in with CNN and MSNBC, because he regularly tweets about them and it’s clear that he’s obsessed with personally “slapping back” at anyone who criticizes him.

None of this is normal, by the way. I mean, even though this NYT report doesn’t surprise me, that doesn’t mean we should ever forget that NONE OF THIS IS NORMAL. The president of the United States sits around watching his own version of “state propaganda” for as much as eight hours a day, then he tweets about it as he’s guzzling 12 Diet Cokes. We’re all f–ked.

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  1. Mrs. Wellen-Melon says:

    As if 45 weren’t already a living, breathing fart come to life.

  2. minx says:

    That smug, stupid, dissipated face. I want to slap it.

  3. RBC says:

    Eats too much junk food, twelve cans of Diet Coke a day, doesn’t exercise, overweight, bad sleep habits and to top it all has about the most stressful and challenging job in the world. The man is a walking health crisis waiting to happen.

    • smcollins says:

      Here’s hoping. Wait…did I just say that out loud?

    • Annabelle Bronstein says:

      Only the good die young, so Trump will probably live past 100.

    • wood dragon says:

      And this president won’t get an official physical at Walter Reed as previous ones have done. He’s truly paranoid about any sort of truth regarding himself reaching us.

    • SoulSPA says:

      Let me start off by saying I wish no ill on no one. Not even baby fists. But if these reports are true, even if we’ve never seen a full medical report of him, there are some issues of great concern about his health. An ill president, chronic illness maybe, over 70, overweight, lots of caffeine, sedentary lifestyle (how much golf can he play???) , highly stressful work, aggressive behaviour at least verbally, lots of sh*t during his tenure meaning more stress because he does not have superpowers. All these factors can contribute to lord knows what. Heart conditions? Impact on nervous system? What if he becomes incapacitated health wise? He is the President after all.

      • Christin says:

        What some view as stress, others seem to crave and thrive on. He seems the type who loves drama and chaos (always needing an adversary).

        I have been around such people, who will never admit how they actually enjoy drama. When things are peaceful and calm, they clearly are not happy.

        What’s exhausting for many of us, is exhilarating to them.

      • swak says:

        Agree with you. Also, IIRC, one of the stories says he watches one channel (I think CNN) to get revved up for the day.

      • magnoliarose says:

        Nope. You know I like you, but on this, he is not the president because he only cares about some people. He is the president of racist white Christian people and Sheldon Addlebrain.

      • SoulSPA says:

        I don’t know, well I mean, stress hormones must have an impact on one’s health. I understand some people thrive while stressed, I myself work well under pressure but not for extensive periods of time.
        If not the stress then cardio vascular disease. Pair that with aging and unhealthy lifestyle and there you are. Political or constitutional crisis in making. More uncertainty for America and at least half the world.

      • SoulSPA says:

        @magnoliarose, I am humbly taking back my last sentence. I’m sorry. I didn’t want to offend anyone. Really.

      • jwoolman says:

        Christin is right. Extreme narcissists especially thrive on chaos, they cause stress in the people around them but the chaos comforts them.

        It’s kind of like the difference between introverts and extroverts. Extroverts are recharged by social interaction, introverts just feel drained by it. The two categories have a lot of trouble understanding each other.

        For example, I have a friend who is an extrovert to the max. She loves social gatherings. She has to be always talking with people on the phone or in person and will just show up at the door (has a knack of knowing when I’m under a deadline or about to go to bed on my odd schedule, that’s when she appears.) Have given up trying to persuade her to e-mail me first. I’m a classic Happy Hermit myself (not unusual among translators). I love e-mail and texting but can’t stand talking on the phone or having to deal routinely with people in realspace. Hate parties. Went nuts with all the endless meetings while teaching in a college. (When I went free-lance, I suggested they hire two people to replace me: one to teach and the other to go to meetings.) I can go for huge spans of time without seeing another human in the flesh and don’t even notice. I have little patience with my own species (need to have cats around, though) and find humans terribly distracting (I tend to pick up all their emotional broadcasts, my mother was such a bundle of anxieties that it became increasingly hard for me to stay calm around her as I grew older, nice a person though she was.) Nobody believes me because I am not at all shy and can make small talk with no problem (boring though it is). My mother always loved telling people that I was declared the best adjusted child in the kindergarten class when a psychologist observed us… My brother remembers that as a little kid, I had no trouble interacting with adults or other children but also was perfectly happy playing off by myself.

      • magnoliarose says:

        No problems SoulSPA you have no reason to apologize. You are rational I am crazed about this cretin, and I am past saving. Lol He is just such a horrible monster. Every day he does something disgusting and abusive along with his continuous gaslighting.
        I hate him, so I am beyond kindness or reason or redemption where he is concerned. In fact, I just might be envious you still have that in you.

    • Betsy says:

      God bless the United shtatsh.

      I’m pretty sure we’re seeing it.

    • B n A fn says:

      He doesn’t have “about the most challenging and stressful job in the world”. The people working for him are the ones with the most challenging and stressful job. His days are taken up watching tv, eating junk food and lying to the people who supports him. The dotard is crazy, he’s hyped up on stimulants and is trying to turn the country in a banana republic with the help of the republicans in congress and the senate.

      Years ago, 20+ I had a friend who drank coke all day, about a case, true story. When the cokes were not available she was a lunatic. No wonder he’s so erratic, also, who knows what his hippy doctor is giving him.

      • SoulSPA says:

        B a A fn – I think you’re right. I take back what I’ve said about BF having a stressful job.

      • jwoolman says:

        Trump’s big stress isn’t actually the job, since he doesn’t really do the job. He hates the job. He didn’t run to win and looked shell-shocked for a long time after the election until he figured out ways to profit bigly from the position.

        But Trump is indeed stressed out by any criticism. The protests, the judges doing their job, the occasional Republican that puts country over Party, the refusal of Democrats to go along with his awful agenda, the unusually low polls, leaks about what his appointed staff actually thinks of the f’ing moron, the damning testimonies to Congress, the women he abused who won’t shut up, Mueller who can’t be bought off or blackmailed or threatened and who keeps on coming closer, and the field day the comedians are having (Trump is God’s gift to late night shows) are all putting him under stress he probably has never felt before when in his own private little fiefdom. Trump wants to be adored, which is why he goes to those bizarre rallies periodically with his MAGA hat on. What President in the past has ever done that?!? Seriously, they all knew that the campaign was over and they were too busy doing actual work in the White House. Trump just spins his wheels, signs stuff shoved in front of him, and goes off to play golf.

    • AnnaKist says:

      “…has about the most stressful and challenging job in the world.” If he actually did job, sure. But… Mmmmm. I dunno about that. He’s clueless, ignorant, pig-headed, lazy and seems to do the bare minimum, leaving the real work to others. In any case, he needs to go because he’s mental. Completely bonkers. How can Americans survive another 3 years (and possibly 4 more) of this insanity?

    • Megan says:

      Maybe he is orange because he made entirely of food preservatives, artificial colors and sweeteners, and saturated fat.

    • NotSoSocialButterfly says:

      From your mouth to god’s ear.
      It certainly seems like he had a T.I.A. during the Jerusalem speech.

  4. Lolo86lf says:

    Diet coke has no calories but still has tons of caffeine which explains why his behavior is unhinged. Diet coke or not, Donald Trump is still a shameless, lying, hypocritical a**hole who endorses other hypocritical bible thumping politicians.

  5. laulau says:

    How is he still alive? 12 diet cokes a day? I used to drink that in my teens and by 20 it started to hurt my stomach to finish one. Between the soda and the fast food he might fix the problems of his presidency with a widow-maker.

  6. DazLondon says:

    12 cans of soda a day explains his teeth situation

  7. Tate says:

    Who the hell has time to watch 4-8 hours of tv a day??

  8. Sixer says:

    With any luck, he’ll go too far with the fizz and go pop all over the TV screen in some Roald Dahlesque misadventure.

  9. grabbyhands says:

    Jaysus. And people still will insist that Obama was a terrible, do nothing president by comparison.

  10. lightpurple says:

    All that caffeine. And how is his blood pressure? My blood pressure was elevated a year ago. Doctor ordered me off all caffeine. Back to normal within weeks. I’m back on limited caffeine – I won’t ever give up chocolate – but that showed me the impact it was having on my body and my caffeine intact was one or two caffeinated beverages a day and some chocolate. I can’t imagine what 12 cans of Diet Coke would do.

    • Purplehazeforever says:

      I was falling asleep at the wheel of my car at 8 diet cokes, not to mention the headaches, the memory fog and fatigue. You get the initial jolt but then you crash…he has to crash in the afternoon…that’s why he’s up so early. Diet Coke. That explains EVERYTHING LOL.

  11. darkladi says:

    All I can picture is a giant bristled pig wallowing in poo-filled mud & empty soda cans. While TVs play in the background.

  12. Beth says:

    With all the rude comments he’s made about overweight women, it always makes me laugh about his diet Coke guzzling habit because he’s said that he’s never seen a thin person drink diet soda. He’s unknowingly calling himself the same thing.
    Diet soda is very damaging to the nervous system. Maybe all of his guzzling has started a problem

  13. Pumpkin (formally soup, pie) says:

    If he’d only watch Designated Survivor to learn about a president’s love for the country and its people, humility and dedication. So what if it’s a fictional character?

  14. Michel says:

    Personally I would rather him sit in front of the TV in stead of “running the country”. Watching TV doesn’t hurt anyone.

  15. Pumpkin (formally soup, pie) says:

    I recently learnt about this “cirrhosis” caused by soda. That’s how they described it in the article.

  16. Nicole says:

    It’s also crazy that now Mueller is “dangerous” and needs to be fired. Mind you the dude is a republican and was everyone’s favorite dude….until he dared to do his job.

    • trollonthelosse says:

      We are in an era where Fox and Co say the FBI and Mueller are traitors and liars but the Russians are friend and everyone rallies behind a pedophile for Alabama. And the deplorable over and over cry witch hunt. There is a video where a woman said that before Obama there was no racism but when Obama became president the Black Lives Matter brought a “non existent issue but their fault”. The McCarthy died for way less.. I wonder how we gonna get out of this and how we will see these current times in about 10/20 years because Democracy has shifted. 45 is the equivalent of kim Un Jung.. same Me Me Me Me and everyone is fake..

  17. Anastasia says:

    ::happily looking up all the negative effects of diet soda::

  18. Eric says:

    I’m binging Hallmark TV to step away from the noise lately.
    Too much Orange in my life.

  19. Kate says:

    Also not a coffee drinker. I have one 16 oz Diet Coke a day. Anything more and I can’t sleep. No wonder Trump never sleeps. Does the man ever drink anything other than Diet Coke?

    • Esmom says:

      My MIL spent decades drinking nothing but diet pepsi and wine. She never touched water, as far as I could see. Her health is failing, big time, at a relatively young age. Doctor after doctor have no real explanation (I don’t think she discloses the extent of her wine drinking). She is an utter mess.

    • Veronica says:

      I had to cut my caffeine intake down to a cup or two a day after I was having sleep issues. I don’t know why these people function – or I guess the point is, he doesn’t.

    • jwoolman says:

      I’m a root beer and Mountain Dew fan myself, but pay more to get the stuff with real cane sugar in it usually. Nowadays I need caffeine but not into coffee so I like Mountain Dew’s huge line of energy drinks. They have artificial sweeteners or stevia but that taste is drowned out by the fruit juice and/or real sugar in it. They’re all worth trying on sale. Ocean Spray has an energy drink now with caffeine that’s pretty good. V-8 likewise – their energy drinks packed quite a punch when I first tried them but I’m less sensitive now. The apple cinnamon one is absolutely the best of the bunch. Shaklee also has an energy tea and chewables that will wake you up very fast.

      The best pick-me-up is a nap, of course…. and a solid night’s sleep if you can get it.

    • Jaded says:

      Went off all caffeine after a breast cancer diagnosis last year. I drink really good decaf coffee and tea, no soda (never drank it anyway) and really don’t miss the caffeine hit. Trump’s clearly jumped up on diet coke if he drinks a dozen a day and that amount will definitely create health issues. Maybe he’ll have a stroke….

    • Lex says:

      I was a big DC drinker but made the choice to cut it cold turkey as it really is awful for the body and I decided it was time to stop. After the initial cravings, I now don’t miss it at all. Cold water or mineral water does it for me now. I can only think of all the turmoil I’ve saved myself from the brown poison I was drinking for years.

  20. Doodle says:

    I think he’s finally consented to having a physical done in January, after the “denture speech” episode. That’s what I heard… let’s hope they find something and deem him officially unfit.

  21. Skylark says:

    I wondered what accounted for his lovely complexion.

    The only thing I’ve ever used diet Coke for is to remove limescale and stubborn stains from my loo. It works a treat.

  22. Lindy says:

    My ex husband was a functional alcoholic who would get home from work (when he was working, part time) and drink himself into oblivion while playing computer games. To rev himself up the next day he’d down 2 liters of diet Coke and then continue with various forms of caffeine all day. Red bull, more diet Coke, coffee. It turned him into an enraged, paranoid, mean person who would erupt over the tiniest thing. It was frightening.

    The thought that the president is drinking that much caffeine explains a lot. Which is not to excuse him for being there racist, misogynistic, terrible human being he is.

  23. AbbyRose says:

    I used to drink tons of caffeinated drinks during exam weeks in college and it did a helluva number on my digestive system. He’s got to be running to the bathroom constantly. The entire article makes him look like a spoiled child who must be occupied and distracted so he doesn’t get into trouble. And not one mention of his wife or son who supposedly live in the WH with him. I bet he goes for days without seeing them.

  24. Purplehazeforever says:

    Diet Coke…that explains it. 12 cans a day. Holy cow! That’s a ticket to an early grave. Yikes.

  25. HK9 says:

    If this is how he runs his days we’re all in trouble. While I live in hope that he’ll keel over, one thing is certain nothing is being done for the average person while this is going on. You can’t run the country like a friggin TV show, this is real life and real people are going to have to live with the consequences of this administration’s ineptitude.

  26. Veronica says:

    Sometimes I just stare at the stories about this guy and just…can you just f*cking imagine what would happen if any of the rest of us did this? If we lived in a taxpayer funded home and sat around for eight hours and did absolutely nothing of importance? The allowances made for rich white men in this country just boggles the mind.

  27. Rapunzel says:

    And Donny Twelve Cokes responds:

    “Donald J. Trump

    Another false story, this time in the Failing @nytimes, that I watch 4-8 hours of television a day – Wrong! Also, I seldom, if ever, watch CNN or MSNBC, both of which I consider Fake News. I never watch Don Lemon, who I once called the “dumbest man on television!” Bad Reporting.

    6:17 AM – 11 Dec 2017 ”

    Notice he didn’t deny the 12 Cokes.

  28. adastraperaspera says:

    No writer could have ever created such an odious character, and no cast director could have found someone to so convincingly play that character. Trump is the culmination of seventy years of greedy, self-centered, privileged, never-disciplined, drug-addled American white male. During this period of time, they have had draft deferments, get-out-of-jail-free cards, rape and degradation of women and people of color as a life goal, open doors to any job they want, 30-50% more pay per hour and/or astronomic salaries if in professional positions; they are allowed to abuse children with impunity, are the only gender allowed to head most religious organizations, are the vast majority of newscasters, lead characters in movies, recipients of venture capital, bankers, world leaders, gas station attendants, plumbers, carpenters, professors, C-Suite leaders, sports coaches, and on and on and on. This terrible reign of White Male Terror must be challenged, and it must be ended.

  29. Mophita121 says:

    After drinking 3-4 Diet Cokes a day for approximately 20 years (I started really early) I decided about 7 weeks ago to give it up for good for a variety of reasons. I told my boyfriend this weekend how I still crave it pretty badly and he responded “But you can’t go back, that’s the drink of choice for Trump” and boy that curbed my immediate craving right away.

  30. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    I’m so sick of every single person representing America. The only, ONLY, reason I don’t want Seacumblob to die is because I’m hanging onto a wee bit of hope of something horribly embarrassing happening that will level him. I don’t care what it is either… I simply want him to suffer like nobody has suffered before him. Maybe I’m an awful human, but that’s where I’m at.

    Oh yeah, if I’m having soda, it’s the real thing lol.

  31. HAHAHHA! He’s basically THE Real Housewife of the White House.

  32. jwoolman says:

    My brother used to (and maybe still does) go through two of those big 2-liter bottles of diet soda every day. There are about five 12-ounce cans in one of those bottles, so his intake was pretty close to Trump’s 12-pack a day. He was in the bathroom a lot (or behind a bush if caught short…). But my brother was taking some medication that made him very thirsty and he doesn’t seem to like plain water. I wonder if Trump has a similar problem?

    Coca Cola is actually one of the lower caffeine drinks. It’s 23mg caffeine per 8oz if my records are right. So twelve 12-oz cans would be 414mg caffeine. Is that something like four cups of coffee or less? So even if he’s drinking the caffeinated version rather than caffeine-free — if he’s not caffeine sensitive, it probably won’t kill him (I know some people will be disappointed to hear that).

    But some people do have the problem of non-nutritive sweeteners giving them carbohydrate cravings. So that could possibly have something to do with his weight management problems. Don’t know if he’s slowed down the extra eating more recently, but after the election and in the first few months of his term it looked as though he was gaining at least ten pounds a month.

    I still think Trump should get rid of that button on his desk that summons an assistant with a Diet Coke. Geez, just get up out of your chair and get it yourself! Put a small refrigerator in the Oval Office if you must. But you would be better off actually walking all the way to the kitchen and back, big guy.

    If Trump absolutely cannot abide the thought of actually moving out of his chair, I’d suggest one of those little desk USB coolers that runs off your computer and holds a single can, but I don’t think Trump really knows how to use a computer.

    • AMA1977 says:

      You want him to get his own soda like a POOR???? 45′s whole life is based on subjugating and belittling anyone he can in whatever way he can as often as he can for as long as he can. He would probably die of thirst before he got his own soda. Megalomaniac, narcissistic pile of orange garbage.

  33. Deeanna says:

    Actually, the White House explanation for Trump’s slurring was that his “throat was dry”. The “denture problem” explanation is just speculation.

    Interestingly, trump recorded a robocall supporting Roy Moore in Alabama. In it, trump is again slurring.

    • B n A fan says:

      Yes, I heard the slurring in the robo call today.

    • noway says:

      First I think he’d have implants not dentures. Also, I think he has some illness causing the slurring. It could be a mini stroke, contrary to what people have heard, my mother had them and you don’t necessarily have numbness or impaired movement on one side, parkinson’s can also do this, along with early stages of alzheimers -which also causes the crazy paranoia talk,, and there is always some form of brain tumors. I just don’t think it looked normal, and less like a drug or mental issue and more like an illness. I hope someone really looks over the doctors report in January, unless he leaves before then. If they don’t release it all or he doesn’t go, you know there is something going on. Apparently, Reagan had signs of Alzheimers they hid. We are less likely to believe this because people think he is crazy, but even his crazy has gotten worse with time, and the slurring isn’t usually crazy. If this was Hillary the media would really be over this, he even slurred on the robo call, and no diet coke won’t cause this. Although too much will eventually hurt you a lot.

  34. Jules says:

    He’s a DISGRACE. He lies exponentially more than he ever tells the truth. Total psycho.

  35. Angry Librarian says:

    Our president’s mouth looks like a prolapsed anus.

  36. Dayglow says:

    HOW. THE F%&#!K. IS HE STILL ALIVE?! There are people who exercise daily, eat all the right things, never touch tobacco or alcohol and still keel over dead at 34. Don’t you just know tRump will bust triple digits.

  37. Jane says:

    Friendly reminder to any voters in Alabama that there are at least four declared candidates doing write-in campaigns. At least write in the Libertarian candidate Ron Bishop, or one of the other three if you can’t bring yourself to vote for a Democrat.

  38. Sal says:

    Ugh! You could never, EVER pay me ENOUGH to drink that poison – Diet Coke. Not only does it taste like ordinary Coke left out in the sun for a few hours with some water added to it (Diet Coke is really beeping foul tasting) but Aspartame is a toxin, not to mention causes migraine suffers like me massive 2-day migraines. His taste buds must be really gone if he likes the taste of that foul disgusting stuff. The aspartame has also clearly affected his brain.
    It is far better drinking ordinary straight Coke than that Diet rubbish or Zero (which is basically made out of the exact same thing as Diet Coke just a different name).

  39. Trillion says:

    Wonder if Melania is pouring all those diet cokes? (or ordering them to be poured)
    His death is probably part of her nightly prayers.

  40. Belle Epoch says:

    Perfect article. Just don’t forget he has 2 breaks a day to receive “good news”folders from his staff to prop up his ego. If there aren’t any fawning articles, they throw in flattering photos. Anything to keep him happy. THIS IS NOT NORMAL EITHER!

  41. Xtrology says:

    I just had a friend have five holes in his stomach cauterized from drinking that much diet coke. Just sayin’.