C.S. Lewis is known for summing up the possibilities surrounding Jesus Christ according to three roads: liar, Lord, or lunatic.
Well, I think we have arrived at the point where Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign should be similarly qualified, but I have only two options to present as viable.
He’s either a troll or a moron.
Put another way, either Trump never intended to win — he was trolling the country all along for his own personal gain — or his actual desire for government power was vastly exceeded by his gross incompetence, and fundamental misunderstanding of what it would take to secure it. To the point that the man who claims he’s going to out-maneuver the likes of China and Russia, couldn’t seem to master the Republican Party’s delegate acquisition process.
Either way, the net result seems to be that Ted Cruz smartly used Trump to help dismantle a 17-candidate GOP field, and distract the press from sabotaging him while he out-organized everybody else in the critical battle to secure delegates. I wrote earlier this week here at Conservative Review that Trump is now preparing his exit strategy as he comes to terms with his sub-1,237 convention fate, but it is a separate question what Trump’s motivations were for running all along.
While it is increasingly tempting to sum Trump up as simply a moron caught with his knickers down outside his area of expertise, I think the more likely answer is that he never intended to be taken so seriously as a candidate in the first place. But he found out the system was even more frail, incompetent, and ripe for the picking by a megalomaniac than even he could’ve possibly imagined.
That’s why he didn’t spend the money to put together convention and caucus organizations that could aggressively compete to reach the 1,237 mark. If he really coveted that finish line, Trump could’ve spent some of his millions on organization and destroyed this GOP field.
Yet he abstained. The man spares no expense when it comes to living a lifestyle narrated by Robin Leach, but then he suddenly decides to go on the cheap when it comes to running for the most powerful office in the world?
Don’t pee on me and tell me it’s raining.
So Trump’s a troll, not a moron. But if you insist on believing he’s still your man for the White House, I’ve got a different conclusion for you.
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