On Russia: “Nobody’s been tougher on Russia then Donald Trump.”
On passing gun legislation: “There’s never been a president like President Trump.”
On television ratings for “The Apprentice”: “Congratulations Donald!”
Officially defined as an illeism, it dates to ancient times. In the 1st century B.C., Julius Caesar wrote about the Gallic Wars in the third person. It has been used by politicians including Bernie Sanders, Barack Obama and Bob Dole (a 1996 Los Angeles Times column asked Dole what he had against the pronouns “I and me”).
Even Microsoft founder Bill Gates and author J.K. Rowling have poked fun at Trump’s reliance on the third person.
During Trump’s first month of tweeting in 2009, 17 of his first 21 tweets referred to himself in the third person. Trump has also congratulated himself and given himself advice at rallies in the third person.
“Stay on point, Donald, stay on point. No sidetracks Donald, nice and easy,” Trump said in November 2016, kicking off a Florida rally six days before the election. “Because I’ve been watching Hillary [Clinton] the last few days — she’s totally unhinged. We don’t want any of that.”