Well, that was weird.

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According to Trump and his awkwardly positioned Cabinet, there has never been a more proactive president living in the White House. In fact – if one were to take the freshman president and his protractor’s at their word – his months-long administration has been the most effective in modern history.

At the commencement of yesterday’s first-ever full Trump Cabinet meeting, the president set the tone of the event’s celebration: himself:

“Never has there been a president, with few exceptions – case of FDR, he had a major depression to handle – who has passed more legislation and who has done more things than what we’ve done,” he declared.

Now, to be clear, the meeting itself was a PR stunt orchestrated to bolster public image of the embattled administration. As Vox writer Andrew Prokop aptly points out, “any meeting of a modern-day president’s full Cabinet is more for show than anything else — there are simply too many people at the table, with roles that are too disparate, for anything of substance to be done.

Furthermore, any political meeting that’s conducted in front of the press is necessarily a bit of a PR stunt — serious discussion and debate happens in private, away from the TV cameras.”

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U.S. President Donald Trump, center left, speaks during a meeting with Cabinet members at the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Monday, June 12, 2017. Photographer: Olivier Douliery/Pool via Bloomberg

As the vast majority of political reporters and observers were quick to discern, the president is lying. But still, truth not withstanding, that was the theme of the meetup; set by Trump himself who went on to call upon each and every cabinet members – one by one – to lavish decadent and supposedly unsolicited (yeah right) praise upon the president who in turn accepted and seemed to rate their compliments to him.

Vice President Mike Pence led the momentum, called working with Trump “the greatest privilege of my life.” Many others described the “privilege” and “honor” as well, despite reports that many positions in the higher ranks of the federal government remain open because nobody actually wants to work under Trump.

Chief of staff Reince Priebus, who is currently fighting for his job, said, ““On behalf of the entire senior staff around you, Mr. President, we thank you for the opportunity and the blessing you’ve given us to serve your agenda and the American people”

The creepily-deadpan, artificial, over-the-top lauding of everything Trump continued despite there being zero significant evidence results-based  benchmarking to back up a single word the cabinet said. In fact, their misaligned praise falls in lock-step with Trump’s own persistence of stoking rhetoric of successes despite there being no actual success to speak of.

But evidence – when judged by those who would continue to revel Trump as their savior on Earth – is a fickle thing, as are truth, reason and accountability.

This was not – as some have suggested – yet another symptom of Trump’s grand delusion. This was and will continue to be a should-be-sobering indication of just how the presidency will persevere – despite plummeting polls, Congressional hearings and in-staff insurrections.

The freshman president has more losses under his belt than wins, yet he continues to perpetuate the idea that he is “winning” – not because he actually believes it (and if he did, we’d have an even bigger problem on our hands), but because he needs his supporters to believe it.

Trump supporters were convinced this past year that he is and will continue to be the greatest president God ever created, and sizzle reels like this just reaffirm that belief.

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Native to Phoenix, Arizona, Bernard is an active LGBTQ rights activist, writer and documentarian currently living in San Diego, CA. As an educated theologian, his work often examines the social impact of religion and politics both in America and abroad.