So here's the thing: Narcissistic egomaniacs draw like-minded people to them — like moths toward flame. And here's why: Love of power. Even if they don't have it, they love to be near it. And the best will then conflate proximity with actual power.
Such appears to be the case with Sam Nunberg, a former campaign staffer for President Trump.
The Washington Post sought to portray him as a big player. "Nunberg was an early member of Trump’s political team when the mogul’s potential candidacy was seen mostly as a stunt. In 2014, as Trump continued a long-running flirtation with higher office, Nunberg was at his side," wrote the Post.
But BuzzFeed painted Nunberg as an ambitious go-getter — and one who might not be as lofty as he claimed. In a 2014 story, the website said Nunberg worked as an operative for Roger Stone at the time. “He comes on a bit strong, as you know,” Stone told Yahoo! News in 2016. “I mean, within a week of my meeting him he was going around telling people I was his mentor. He’s got chutzpah, as they say.”
So, that's Sam Nunberg.
Nunberg, the baby-faced 36-year-old who was everywhere on Monday as he flittered from network to network vowing to ignore a subpoena from special counsel Robert Mueller, graduated from Canada’s McGill University with a bachelor's in history in 2004.
He picked up a law degree at Long Island’s Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center in 2009. Buzzfeed wrote that Nunberg’s “first foray into presidential campaigning came in 2007 when he worked as a volunteer for the Romney campaign while attending law school.”
The story said Nunberg ”was put in charge of organizing turnout for the New York City GOP straw poll. With a little bit of hustle and political voodoo, he helped pull off an upset win for Romney over hometown hero Rudy Giuliani.”
"Nunberg then went to work with the American Center for Law and Justice, a Christian conservative legal organization founded by televangelist Pat Robertson and spearheaded by future Trump attorney Jay Sekulow," the Post wrote.
That Nunberg loves to talk is not in question. He blabbed to “Fire and Fury” author Michael Wolff, inflating his proximity to power as he claimed he was tasked with "bringing the candidate up to speed on the finer points of the U.S. Constitution."
“I got as far as the Fourth Amendment before his finger is pulling down on his lip and his eyes are rolling back in his head.” According to Wolff’s book, Trump also once left Nunberg behind at a McDonald’s when the aide’s special order burger took too long to make.
Nunberg was eventually fired from the Trump inner circle over a series of racist Facebook rants, including one in 2009 in which he called President Obama a “Socialist Marxist Islamo Fascist Nazi Appeaser."
Then-Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks ripped the former aide. “Sam Nunberg was fired,” Hicks told The Daily Beast. “He’s a highly self-destructive individual who makes routine calls begging for his job back. This is the interview of a desperate person who is trying to hang on and stay relevant.”
The Trump campaign also said Nunberg was a “low-level, part-time consultant" at the time of his firing.
But Nunberg called the claim he was trying to get his job back "absolutely false." "I'm not doing this to get my job back and I’ve never tried. I’ve never asked for my job back," he said. "They would be better served listening to what I said as opposed to discrediting it."
"Nunberg’s relationship with the campaign hit a low in July 2016, when Trump sued him for $10 million claiming he broke a confidentiality agreement," the Post said. A month later, the two sides “amicably” settled.
So perhaps it's not that odd that Nunberg sought out the spotlight all day on Monday. In one interview he said, "I came up with the wall, I came up with the Muslim ban, I came up with everything to attack Jeb Bush, all that stuff."
But the media loved him because in another interview he said, in regard to the Trump-Russia collusion allegations, "Trump may have very well done something during the election with the Russians."
Just be aware of who's speaking. "I'm not a Donald Trump fan, as I told you before, OK? He treated me like crap," Nunberg also said.
That's who's speaking.