Trump once bragged that he has a 'very, very large brain.'
On Thursday, CNN reported on "What Barack Obama has been reading this summer." Shareblue Media has obtained a list of the reading material Trump has been reading over the same time period that influences his outlook on life, key issues, and international policy.
Years of reporting indicate that Trump is not much of a reader. He is, however, obsessive about watching TV. He regularly watches Fox News and tweets his reaction to his favorite shows, sometimes from a recorded version on his DVR.
So while Trump likely hasn't picked up a book, what he has been "reading" this year is Fox News. A lot of Fox News.
Otherwise, Trump doesn't really read.
"Trump won’t read anything — not one-page memos, not the brief policy papers, nothing," said former Trump economic adviser Gary Cohn in the 2018 book "Fire and Fury."
"I like bullets or I like as little as possible," Trump himself admitted in 2017. "I don't need, you know, 200-page reports on something that can be handled on a page. That I can tell you."
In 2015, when asked by MSNBC's Joe Scarborough, "Can you read?" Trump would not reply.
By comparison, President Barack Obama's recently released summer reading list features celebrated writer Toni Morrison, who recently passed away, along with works from Colson Whitehead and Haruki Murakami.
The list was "filled with mostly fiction works that touch on big themes about race, gender, and class," Vox reported.
Because unlike Trump, Obama reads — and not just a few words of the chyrons on TV.
Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.