Most people who have followed Donald Trump closely over the past year recognize that the man hasn’t really been taking his presidential campaign too seriously. To the spray-tanned buffoon, this has clearly been an ego-driven attempt to seize the spotlight.
However, Trump mistakenly underestimated the appeal of his hollow, hateful message, especially for resentful white voters. After sweeping through primary season with his substance-free message, he’s now officially the Republican nominee for president.
But don’t let that fool you: Trump still isn’t all that interested in being president.
As we reported earlier, a story in Wednesday’s New York Times Magazine details what Trump expects his possible VP to be in charge of. According to the report, Trump wants his veep to oversee “domestic and foreign policy.”
While the potential vice president does Trump’s job, the man at the top would be focused on “Making America Great,” the magazine reported.
All of this speaks to the larger and undeniable reality that Donald Trump simply doesn’t want to have actual governing responsibilities; instead, he wants to win what he views as a big game.
Earlier this month, he alluded to the same thing, according to another Times report:
Presented in a recent interview with a scenario, floating around the political ether, in which the presumptive Republican nominee proves all the naysayers wrong, beats Hillary Clinton and wins the presidency, only to forgo the office as the ultimate walk-off winner, Mr. Trump flashed a mischievous smile.
“I’ll let you know how I feel about it after it happens,” he said minutes before leaving his Trump Tower office to fly to a campaign rally in New Hampshire.
Donald Trump repeatedly proves that he only jumped into the presidential race to get attention and make the headlines. He spews hatred and makes outlandish remarks on a near-daily basis because he knows it’ll help him make the news.
He knows all of his policy proposals – to the extent that they can be considered proposals – are unworkable and borderline insane, but his goal isn’t to make sense or offer serious solutions; it’s to enrich himself.
Heck, he’s practically profiting from his presidential run.
Trump may occasionally slip up and reveal to the world he doesn’t really want to be the leader of the free world, but those of us who have been listening to him speak and watching him conduct himself for the past year already know the truth.
Trump’s presidential campaign is a monumental con job. If you think he’s in this race for anything but himself, then I’ve got a giant bridge to sell you.
Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama’s presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as an Affordable Care Act Outreach Organizer in 2014, helping northeast Ohio residents obtain health insurance coverage.