Donald Trump has a lot of peculiarities and idiosyncrasies – mouthing off on Twitter, Robert Pattinson, and more. But one of his other obsessions doesn’t seem to have cut through in the same way, although it seems to actually have impacts on actual US policies.
Trump has often gone on rants about water pressure, notably earlier this year, when he made several comments during a White House briefing about how water pressure was affecting his hair.
"So showerheads - you take a shower, the water doesn't come out. You want to wash your hands, the water doesn't come out. So what do you do? You just stand there longer or you take a shower longer? Because my hair - I don't know about you, but it has to be perfect. Perfect," he said, in August of this year.
Now it seems like he might be closer to achieving that perfection. With only a few weeks left in his administration, Trump has passed a new regulation which could increase the amount of water that a typical showerhead in the US can pour every minute.
In the 1990s, Congress brought in new rules which would decrease the maximum amount of water that could flow out of showerheads, in order to conserve water for environmental reasons. But the new Trump administration rules that every individual nozzle on a showerhead can use 2.5 gallons of water per minute (the Obama administration had updated the regulation so that 2.5 gallons per minute was the total water output, regardless of individual nozzles).
In essence, it just seems like a weird obsession of Trump’s with little to no benefit in the real world. MSNBC made a video mocking Trump’s strange obsession with water pressure, which has since gone viral.
In it, Brian Williams says,
“The standards will just be put back when Biden takes office, but you still have to admire Trump’s determination, and you have to wonder: Would we have 300,000 dead if he’d been this diligent, this persistent about our uncontrolled pandemic?”
“Donald Trump on water pressure, an actual action his administration actually took today,” Williams added at the end of the montage, which had clips from numerous occasions – speeches, rallies, TV appearances – where Trump would make nonsensical comments about water pressure and soap and his hair.
Trump’s obsessions can often range from the bizarre to the actively harmful, but if his choices to try and roll back rules before he leaves office remain this bizarre, perhaps it’ll work out better in the long run for everyone involved. At least he’ll have one month of perfect hair before he leaves office.