I am convinced that Trump is making all of this up as he goes along, and that is utterly frightening. You don’t know what he’ll say, or if he’ll backtrack after he says it. His policy ramblings are a nightmare, and his debate performances were meaningless displays. Still, he’s here, and for now, he’s leading.
In an interview with Kirsten Powers from USA Today, published on Monday afternoon, Trump continued his nonsense. When asked if he would begin moving toward being presidential, Trump said “The time is going to be soon”. If you’re running for president, you should act presidential on day one. I don’t expect candidates to be perfect, because none of them are, but why wait to act worthy of the office you strive for? Because it’s all a joke to Trump, and he’s just along for the wild ride. And unfortunately for us, that ride could lead to the GOP nomination.
Further on in the interview, these thoughts were shared:
Could he build coalitions with people who had wronged him? Could he, for example, see appointing Sen. Marco Rubio to a position in his administration?
“Yes. I like Marco Rubio. Yeah. I could,” he answered. As for a potential Rubio vice president: “There are people I have in mind in terms of vice president. I just haven’t told anybody names. … I do like Marco. I do like (John) Kasich. … I like (Scott) Walker actually in a lot of ways. I hit him very hard. … But I’ve always liked him. There are people I like, but I don’t think they like me because I have hit them hard.”
He seems to have forgiven Rubio for his cringe-inducing attempt at stand-up comedy at Trump’s expense. “He made a mistake,” Trump said. “He became Don Rickles for about four days, and then I became worse than Don Rickles.”
It’s hard to believe Trump thinks about anything other than the minute he is in. He is unserious in his VP suggestions, and then describes himself as worse than a stand-up comedian. We’re the audience who isn’t laughing.
Trump’s social media meltdown over Colorado is further proof of his inability to handle himself in a manner worthy of receiving my vote. Beyond that, he can clearly not handle media personalities who disagree with him, and his campaign loves to claim fraud when voters show their favor to another candidate.
Donald Trump understands that his antics lure emotional voters to him, and cause the media to spend the majority of their time discussing him. As Trump admitted in the interview:
So, why not just stick to substance and stop with the other stuff?
“Maybe the other stuff is part of it,” Trump said. “If I didn’t do it, then you might not be talking to me about a race where we are leading substantially.”
Trump will not be moving toward presidential behavior any time during the campaign, and should he win (God forbid), why would that change? He understands the superficial sway he has on the electorate, and that fuels him. Why? Because popularity and bravado are what drive both himself and the many who support him.
We’ve had almost 8 years of non-presidential behavior, and should not again vote for a character who plays a role, rather than fulfills a duty. Trump is not presidential now, nor will he ever be, even if he inhabits the office.