Sorry, folks, but I must indulge in a little of that Trumpian “I told you so.” You see, I told you so!
As readers of this page know, it has been my belief all along that Trump’s “run” for the presidency has been a complete charade. A con job from the ultimate con man. Trump never wanted to trade his gilded Fifth Avenue penthouse for the relatively spartan White House.
While many analysts thought Trump would surely pivot from his “primary election mode” to a “general election mode” once he secured his party’s nomination, I kept saying “no way Jose.” And to the utter consternation of the Republican establishment, the pivot never came. The nastiness Trump exhibited during the primary only increased once Trump became the Republican Party’s presidential nominee.
The irrefutable proof of this came last week during the second presidential debate. With sinking poll numbers everywhere, Chef Trump skipped over the Caesar salad appetizer and went straight to a giant serving of red meat. Trump promised his hungry base the first thing he would do if elected president would be to jail Hillary. Oh how those “lock her up” supporters savored every bite!
Now that even the slightest pretence of winning the presidency is done with, Trump has promised to go nuclear against all his enemies. He has declared war not only on Hillary and Bill Clinton, but also on the media and his own party. He has told House Speaker Paul Ryan to go “f” himself after he stated he would no longer defend or campaign for the Republican presidential nominee.
Kamikaze Trump recently tweeted, “It is so nice that the shackles have been taken off me and I can now fight for America the way I want to,” instigating a full scale civil war within the Republican Party… less than four weeks before the election.
This will get really ugly, folks.
Trump’s game plan is now abundantly clear. Far from trying to broaden his appeal, he will be solidifying his hold on a large segment of Americans who think he is the second coming of Christ.
Look for Trump, and his campaign guru, former Breitbart boss Stephen Bannon, to stoke more hatred among the ready-made audience for his next business venture. Could it be a Trump cable empire to rival Fox News? Or an online right wing media outlet in the mold of Huffington Post? Or might he even have the discipline to form a third party for his rabid base (unlikely)?
The only question remaining is will Trump merely lose to Clinton or get annihilated?
Either way, it won’t matter to Trump. He wins. The system is rigged against him, right? His angry base will no doubt buy this lie as they have bought every kind of flimflam snake oil he has peddled.
Whatever the end game, Trump will come out of this political debacle smelling like a rose with a few extra dollars in his pocket. For The Donald, it has always been about making money off the misfortune of others having the bad sense of trusting him. That he has caused serious harm to our people, our nation and it’s political institutions, well that’s just the cost of doing business. It has worked great for Fox News and all those other conservative media outlets!
For Trump, it is not about party over country but himself over all else.
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