On Friday morning, President-elect Donald Trump tweeted.
The first one went like this: "Wow, the ratings are in and Arnold Schwarzenegger got 'swamped' (or destroyed) by comparison to the ratings machine, DJT. So much for ..."
It was quickly followed by this: "Being a movie star-and that was season 1 compared to season 14. Now compare him to my season 1. But who cares, he supported Kasich & Hillary."
The reaction was utterly predictable. Democrats - and even some Republicans - wondered why Trump was fixated on the ratings for "The Celebrity Apprentice" on the day that he was set to receive a briefing from intelligence officials about the depth and breadth of Russian hacking during the 2016 election. It was the height of irresponsibility, they tweeted!
Here's the thing: We know - or should know - by now that this is a feature, not a glitch, of Trump's personality. In fact, the tweets above provide a nice window into understanding how he thinks about himself, his looming presidency and the world.