Just in case you thought that “toddler” label was not accurate.
Courtesy of Politico:
Solomon Lartey spent the first five months of the Trump administration working in the Old Executive Office Building, standing over a desk with scraps of paper spread out in front of him.
Armed with rolls of clear Scotch tape, Lartey and his colleagues would sift through large piles of shredded paper and put them back together, he said, “like a jigsaw puzzle.” Sometimes the papers would just be split down the middle, but other times they would be torn into pieces so small they looked like confetti.
It was a painstaking project that was the result of a clash between legal requirements to preserve White House records and President Donald Trump’s odd and enduring habit of ripping up papers when he’s done with them — what some people described as his unofficial “filing system.”
Under the Presidential Records Act, the White House must preserve all memos, letters, email and papers that the president touches, sending them to the National Archives for safekeeping as historical records.
But White House aides realized early on that they were unable to stop Trump from ripping up paper after he was done with it and throwing it in the trash or on the floor, according to people familiar with the practice. Instead, they chose to clean it up for him, in order to make sure that the president wasn’t violating the law.
Staffers had the fragments of paper collected from the Oval Office as well as the private residence and send it over to records management across the street from the White House for Larkey and his colleagues to re-assemble.
I swear we learn new crazy things about Donald Trump every day, but this one is almost unbelievable.
I work with impulsivity and destructive behaviors almost every day, and I have never heard of somebody who simply cannot be taught not to tear up pieces of paper, and I have worked with autistic children with a limited ability to communicate.
This is a grown ass man who CANNOT be taught not to tear apart documents that legally must be preserved.
Personally, I would like to see these staffers just refuse to tape the shredded papers back together.
I mean could you imagine how bizarre it would be, with all of the evidence of collusion and obstructionism already gathered against Trump, if he actually went to prison for habitually tearing documents into little pieces?
What a dumb, and also seemingly appropriate reason for Trump to get sent to “pound me in the ass” prison.