Ironically, Trump Doesn't
Really Want To Be President
With Rumors Flying That Donald Trump’s Campaign Is More About Publicity Than Anything Else, Voters Are On The Hook For Empowering A Bloviated Demagogue Who May Not Even Want To Take Office
Donald Trump addresses a supporter in the Phoenix metro, March 2016.
Photo by Doug Molony.
Photo by Doug Molony.
By Ryan Scott
Modern Times Magazine
Aug. 25, 2016 — More and more, it is starting to look like the joke's on us. For more than a year, many of us have sat back and said something to the effect of “This will all blow over. It can’t possibly be a real thing, right?”
It is real. It is very real. The presidential election, that is.
In just a few short months, we will all be casting our votes for the next President of the United States of America. It has actually, and officially come down to Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Or, to a lesser degree, Gary Johnson and Jill Stein.
At every turn, those of us who feel like reason will prevail have dramatically underestimated the power of everyone else. And, apparently, there are a lot of people in that “everyone else” category. It would be one thing, still a scary thing as it would be, if Trump appeared to be taking this presidential business very seriously and genuinely and, in his own messed up way, wanted to lead this country. The problem comes into play when we ask the question, what if he doesn’t?
What’s perhaps most scary is that there is evidence to support the idea that Trump very well doesn’t actually want to be the next U.S. president. There is a scenario where he is a dog who was chasing a car, and just so happened to catch one right before it hopped on the freeway. And it’s a little hard to jump off at that point, so he is rolling with it.
Famed documentarian Michael Moore posted on his personal blog recently that he knows “for a fact” that Trump does not actually want to be president. That the whole thing started because he wanted to get a better deal for his NBC show The Apprentice and thought he could garner some nice publicity and leverage by running a stunt campaign. He is not the first to accuse Trump of such a thing during this campaign.
Now, digging into how legitimate these claims may or may not be will get us nowhere. However, there is something here well worth examining. Let’s take a look at a somewhat hypothetical scenario here for a second: what if this is true? What if Donald Trump doesn’t actually want to be president, and this has all been some big, elaborate way to get a whole lot of publicity? What does that mean?
Trump won the Republican nomination: A man most of the Republican Party establishment didn’t seem to want to actually represent them in this upcoming election. That doesn’t matter though, because, we, the people of the United States with the right to vote, got him to that place. We did this.
There is no doubt that Trump is unreasonably divisive, but the fact of the matter is, a man who may not want to actually be President—a man who may have no actual commitment to the interests of the men, women and children living in this country—gained enough support to win the Republican nomination. And now, though he is flailing in the most recent polls, he still has a legitimate shot to become our next president.
When it comes down to it, does anyone really want a man like that to be the face of our country? The sad answer is, yes.
People have complained about politics being broken for a very long time, but if a man who doesn’t even want to be president has a good chance of actually becoming president, that is a smoking gun that essentially proves something is really and truly broken. But it isn’t just the system.
Many voters who support Trump support him because he is different. Because he says what is on his mind. There is an understandable sentiment there as many voters on both sides of the aisle are tired of politicians that say whatever it takes to assuage voters without backing up that talk with action. However, Trump’s unfettered stream of talk is actually more terrifying than refreshing because it is often asinine, racist and, at times, seemingly defiant of all common logic or reason.
Yes, it was perhaps a broken U.S. political system that made so many people feel as though a man who has no filter, or political experience for that matter, was the answer. But on the flip side, shouldn’t we, as voters, be taking some of the blame for getting a man like Trump, who again, very well may not even want to be president, in a position to be president? Some might call something like this maddness. They might be right.
At the end of the day, Trump will get what he wants. Probably. If he doesn’t want to be president, but winds up being winning the office anyway, he will run with it, and probably take the backseat driver position, letting the political operatives he has surrounded himself do the real heavy lifting. If he loses, he gets the publicity he wanted and will surely be able to capitalize on it by crying foul, whining about rigged elections and riding all of that faux controversy to another calendar year of cable television interviews. There is really no scenario where he loses.
However, when it comes to us, the voters who caused this mess, there isn’t really a winning scenario. The world, and specifically our allies, will not look favorably at a nation that allows a man like Trump to come this close to the presidency. That fact is driven home by Trump’s “tough talk” concerning NATO, providing support to allies and his cozy friendship with that cliched despot archetype named Vladimir Putin.
What will a man who doesn’t actually want to lead this country actually accomplish in office? A man acting on behalf of his self interest? It isn’t likely that his decisions, or those of his peons, will benefit the general population. Perhaps our only benefit will be that this serves as a lesson for the future. Much in the way that the worst parts of our history allow us to learn, and (hopefully) course correct in the future.
In short, and this has been said in so many ways over the years, we need to think long and hard about what we want to accomplish in this election. Sure, maybe Trump does want to be president. But, even in the best case scenario, is that really a good thing? Is it worth the risk? Because, what you really need to ask yourself is, what if he doesn’t?