As the clock struck midnight on New Year's Eve, you hoped and prayed that this year would be different. With the chaos of 2017 still leaving a bitter taste on the tongue, it was a time to reflect on the turbulent times and hope for better.
However, almost immediately, concerns were raised when President Donald Trump proceeded to provoke the unstable North Korean dictator, Kim Jong-un via Twitter. Tauntingly, in the manner of a child in the playground, he typed that he had a "much bigger & much more powerful" nuclear button than North Korea, one that he hinted he was not afraid to use.
Proceeding on from that, the 71-year-old leader began to host an online awards ceremony for the "most dishonest and corrupt" people in the media, while continuing to lament about "fake news". By January 4, Trump returned to his border wall project. "We must BUILD THE WALL, stop illegal immigration, end chain migration & cancel the visa lottery," he wrote on Twitter.
Then came Michael Wolff's explosive book, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, which was publicly condemned by the commander-in-chief. "Full of lies, misrepresentations and sources that don’t exist," he said of the "phony book" which has already sold over one million copies. "Michael Wolff is a total loser who made up stories in order to sell this really boring and untruthful book," he wrote.
But the best (or worst depending on how you look at it) was yet to come.
January 6 saw Trump call himself "a very stable genius" via Twitter as he denounced "crooked Hillary" and the "Fake News Mainstream Media" after he claims his alleged collusion with Russia was proven to be a "total hoax" conjured up by those who are out to get him. "Throughout my life, my two greatest assets have been mental stability and being, like, really smart," he tweeted to mass mockery from the public, his critics, and even some supporters.
But this stability that Trump claims to possess in abundance has been called into question after it is claimed he called Haiti and African nations "sh*thole countries" in a meeting with lawmakers on Thursday, according to The Washington Post.