Is Trump *actually* running for president?


I’m kind of surprised I haven’t seen anyone else discuss this. Because I’m not 100% convinced “The Donald” is *actually* running for president.

Let’s be clear- if he IS running for president- he’s either:

a) lost his mind over the past years   or

b) taken politics to the extreme- choosing to pander to an underserved base of seething frustration and hate in this nation.

Which brings to my point. Many of the Donalds positions seem at odds with what they were in the past (he has for example, not that long ago, supported both “dreamers” and Clinton, as well as supporting a substantial, one time tax on the wealthy.) So his current persona and campaign feels deeply at odds with past versions of the Donald.

So I do question- is this just an elaborate play by one of the vainest men in America for the ultimate reality show? (all the better [for him] if he does pull it off and The White House becomes the ultimage stage. Far fetched? Maybe. Though with what I have seen of Trump over the years, and more importantly, heard from friends in the upper echelon of the NY social circuit (read: well heeled and heavily connected artist or fixer types… and drug suppliers to the elite I’ll admit)

So

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I am a criminal. Because I have used cannabis and psychedelics extensively. I have tried many other drugs, but never cared for the uppers, downers, or dissociatives. I love craft beer, and absinthe, but don't care much for alcohols effects- which quite frankly, are boring and dangerous. Science is my religion. I am in my 40's, and have travelled extensively. And often forced myself outside of my confort zone. I am employed, a respected member of my communtiy, an animal lover, an environmentalist, a political junkie, and the realities I have experienced continue to push me further to the left of the political spectrum.
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12 Responses to Is Trump *actually* running for president?

  1. List of X says:

    If Trump genuinely thinks he’s going to win – and his Trump-Tower-sized ego makes it very likely, then he might actually be running for real.

    • Indeed- and I’m not shore what is more scary- that he may win or that he’s that odd combination of shrewd and soulless to bend himself to whatever lowest common denominator it takes to win.

      Or maybe it’s a combo of the two- a deal for a reality show if he doesn’t win, or the seat of power if he does.

      Can you imagine- Putin and Trump as the leaders of the two historic major nations?

      And, while maybe it’s too early in things… I’ve also seen no real discussion of the fact that major politicians generally have to sell off or at least put their holdings into a blind trust. Not really sure how this would work with Trump- as his businesses tend to be tightly linked to him. And make no mistake- industries where he would have amazing power to influence the regulation and profitability of as president.

  2. Barneysday says:

    Let him run. The longer he is in the race, the more he is a major disruptive force to the Repubs, which is good for the nation. If he splits the ticket and goes independent, so much the better. Trump is merely mouthing the words for what the far right truly believes, and the more they speak, the more unelectable they become. Go Trump!

    • Hmm. I largely agree. But…I’d say there is no more a “republican party” then there is a democratic one. Or there is- essentially a corporation/political machine that draws in huge numbers because they only have 2 choices in our current system.
      Time will tell- Trump may well “save” our current system (with all it’s failures). He’s certainly pushing the Republican elite- on the heels of the past few years of the Tea Party, back to their core beliefs- for better or worse. And likewise- he’s dividing the republican “base”- some going further to the extreme, some reverting to the safe center, and some heading to the moderate democrats.
      And hoefully Bernie and maybe Warren can accomlish something similar- yet more productive, on the left.
      I’d say that for too long, over 2 decades, the main difference between rebublicans and democrats has centered on social issues. And that for all the fussing and fighting- the issues around money, foreign policy,domestic security, etc have been more minor the substantiative.

      • Barneysday says:

        I agree. The Repubs are already splintered, and the reality to me is there is no way the majority of American Voters align with their extreme positions. The issue really is whether the majority of Americans get out the vote, because we know the old, white guys in the Repubs will vote.

        Thanks for a great, thoughtful response.

  3. btg5885 says:

    I get tickled by those who say he is “one of us” and ” he is speaking the truth.” He has exploited people on the way to the top and then left people high and dry when he cut his losses and ran. He is most definitely not one of us and represents the worst in America – an imperialistic and narcissistic man. The truth he is alleged to be saying are caricatures of the truth, and his truth today varies from his truth yesterday and his truth tomorrow. There was a great editorial in The Washington Post this week on America getting the candidates it deserves by Charlotte Rampell (sic).

  4. Haha… I asked myself the same ? just yesterday. Especially after news that a leaning antenna on the Trump tower in Toronto succeeded in disrupting traffic in the financial district. Good to see you tackling that thorny (and risible) subject here.

  5. He’s the world’s greatest spoiler. And asshole.

    • Wingnut News Daily (WND) had a piece a week or so ago from “some” proffessor at “some college/university waxing poetic about how “the donald” was a perfect example of the “Alpha Male”. Which may be true enough- and even more reason to be disgusted….
      What’s that old Chinese curse- “may you live in interesting times” ?!

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