A fully engaged Presidential candidate? Or a bored child-man
who really doesn’t want to play any more?
From contacts in America, we hear that Donald Trump doesn’t want to be President. And, according to The New York Times, he’s not even willing to commit to serving a four year term were he elected.
According to our New York correspondent, John Ford, he is playing a big game of ‘chicken’ with the Republican Party. “I’m pretty sure at this point Trump is heading to DC to beg the party to take this away from him.
“They’re waiting for him to blow up. He’s waiting to be removed. It’s like a massive game of chicken.”
The New York Times reported yesterday (July 7): “The traditional goal of a Presidential nominee is to win the Presidency, and then serve as President.” Donald Trump, asked whether – if he beat Hillary Clinton – it was possible he would not serve, replied: “I’ll let you know how I feel about it after it happens.”
Meantime, he seems to be doing all he can to upset the Republican Party.
Early in his run to be the Republican candidate, but far enough in for the shine to have worn off, Trump looked, frankly, bored with the whole thing. Even that far back, John Ford was already saying Trump didn’t really want it.
Now, when he has the nomination, instead of making peace with Republicans and turning his fire on Hillary Clinton, Trump is making more enemies inside the Republican Party.
This week he had a meeting with Senator Jeff Flake. Trump whined that Flake had been critical of him. Flake pointed out: “I am the other Senator from Arizona, the one who didn’t get captured.” Trump had questioned the heroism of Senator John McCain, captured during the Vietnam War. “He’s not a war hero,” said Trump in July 2015. “He’s a war hero because he was captured? I like people who weren’t captured.”
Flake wanted to discuss that with Trump, he said. It was remarks like that that made him uncomfortable giving Trump his support. Trump, again instead of pouring oil on troubled waters, appears to have threatened Flake, saying words to the effect, ‘I haven’t started attacking you yet, but maybe I’ll start now’.
Picking fights with Republicans is, John Ford thinks, Trump’s way of getting the Party to jettison him. He could then cry ‘foul’, but he’d be off the hook.
Says Ford: “Mr. Trump Goes To Washington is the greatest game of chicken ever played. He wants to go, but wants them to push him out to save his ego. They want him out, but don’t want, y’know, riots and stuff against their party. So they’ll do anything but push him out.”
Ford’s advice to fellow Americans: “Make popcorn.”