Donald Trump doesn’t want to be President of the United States.
I didn’t talk to Trump; I don’t know Trump, but my gut tells me that he doesn’t really want the job. I’m not convinced that Trump is as crazy as some have suggested, but he may be crazy like a fox.
In fact, Trump is already planning his back-to-private-life after the presidential campaign ends in November.
“I don’t think I’m going to lose, but if I do, I don’t think you’re ever going to see me again, folks,” Trump told reporters last week. “I think I’ll go to Turnberry and play golf or something.”
“I think we’re going to have victory, but we’ll see,” Trump said. “At the end its either going to work or I’m going to, you know, I’m going to have a very, very nice long vacation.”
I’m thinking it’s going to be a long vacation.
As is stands, Democrat Hillary Clinton leads Republican Donald Trump in some of the most diverse battleground states – including by double digits in two of them – according to four brand-new NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist polls. In the key battleground state of Florida, Clinton is ahead of Trump by five points among registered voters, 44 percent to 39 percent.
Trump is a deer caught in the headlights. He is confused, disoriented, unprepared – and he doesn’t care.
He fights with Gold Star families, he lies about Hillary Clinton and anyone who is a threat to his fragile ego, he encourages violence at his rallies, he claims President Barack Obama is the “founder” of ISIS, and he rails against Mexican immigrants he calls “rapists.”
Trump is enjoying the ride. He basks in the media attention; he relishes the chants of “Trump!” at his huge rallies; he is addicted to his international celebrity status – and he doesn’t even have to outline a detailed plan for governing the country.
It’s because Trump doesn’t really plan to govern. He’s not a serious candidate for president; he’s not serious about politics; he’s not serious about doing the business of the people.
But Trump remains in a win-win position. If he wins, he becomes the most powerful man in the free world. If he loses, Trump becomes a powerful man in reality television with potential multi-media platforms worldwide.
Here’s a guy who claims Obama created ISIS and then backtracks a day later, saying he was just being sarcastic and the media overreacted.
Does this sound like a man who wants to occupy the White House?
Last week, Trump met with the families of six service members who were killed in combat. Trump’s meeting with Gold Star families came as Trump faced backlash after he criticized another Gold Star family, the parents of a Muslim-American soldier slain in Iraq.
“I just visited with some incredible folks … Some really amazing Gold Star families,” Trump said.
Trump also claimed that one of the family members handed him a campaign contribution and Trump quoted the contributor.
“He said: ‘It’s more money than we can afford,” Trump said, “but I want you to have it for your campaign.’ ”
Like many stories Trump has told on the stump, this tale is also suspect.
At the core, Trump is a hustler, plain and simple. His bottom line is cutting deals and making money. He can’t make money running the country from the Oval Office. And he doesn’t want to roll up his sleeves and do the business of governing. A leopard doesn’t change his spots.
Trump is having the time of his life right now. He doesn’t want to ruin this unprecedented run for president by ending up in the White House and overseeing something humdrum like a legislative agenda.
That’s too much like work.