There’s a sucker born every minute.
David Hannum mocking P.T. Barnum
Nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public.
Donald Trump’s latest work of performance art, aka his presidential campaign, shows the truth in the above quotes. He’s leading in polls.
With six previous fake campaigns you’d think both people and the media would realize this one isn’t real either. The faux Republican has given over $500,000 to far left Democratic candidates including Hillary Clinton, Anthony “dick pic” Weiner, Rahm Emanuel, Chuck Schumer, Charles Rangel, and John Kerry. His flip-flops on issues make Kerry look consistent.
So what’s really going on? Trump is a diversion. His presence on the campaign trail serves a useful purpose for the Republican establishment, distracting attention so their real candidates (especially Jeb Bush) don’t face the early scrutiny they saw in 2012.
Some people may have trouble accepting this kind of “conspiracy theory.” But then you’d have trouble taking Trump seriously since he’s a leading voice in the Obama birther conspiracy theory. So let’s get into it.
Trump’s campaign team is anchored by long-time GOP operative Roger Stone (see Media Matters and the Wall Street Journal), who has a lengthy history with the Bush family and with the GOP establishment dating back to Nixon.
With his reputation in tatters after a number of high-profile miscues, Stone is no longer trusted to run a major campaign. But his talents are still useful. He’s run this type of fake campaign before, and not just for Trump.
In 2010 Stone was involved in the Carl Paladino campaign for Governor of New York. There are parallels.
- Like Trump on a smaller scale, Paladino is a wealthy real estate developer with a big mouth.
- Paladino also has a history of big contributions to Democrats including Hillary Clinton, John Kerry and Al Gore.
- Trump insulted John McCain and Mexicans. Paladino insulted political figures and Muslims.
- Trump just visited the Mexican border as a campaign stunt. Paladino similarly visited the World Trade Center.
- Trump claims he’ll spend up to $1 billion of his own money on the campaign. Paladino claimed he’d spend $10 million. He actually spent less than $2 million of his own money and funneled much of that through his own businesses.
- Both reek of hypocrisy. Trump attacks Mexicans and Chinese while using their laborers for his business ventures. Paladino campaigned as a pro-life gay basher while leasing space to a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic and doing business with gay bars.
As with Paladino, the plan is to have Trump continue making outlandish statements, attacking anyone and everyone. All this keeps Jeb Bush from facing any serious criticism while Trump takes all the arrows. One more indication of a phony campaign is the lack of grass roots operations in early primary states. Meanwhile an army of chumps for Trump swoon over a nut because “he’s a businessman” despite a surprising number of failures.
Trump is not the only diversion. Marco Rubio is another fake candidate. He and Bush have been friends for 15 years. Rubio can keep up the charade of a presidential campaign until well into 2016 before dropping out in time to win reelection to his Senate seat. As a candidate he will run interference for Jeb, and serve as a hit man to increase the negatives of any rivals who approach the lead. Ben Carson replaces Herman Cain from 2012 as the token black guy so Republicans can all say nice things about him and reassure themselves they’re not racist. Of course they’ll never take him seriously as a candidate despite his shockingly strong credentials on the big issue of health care.
If you love reality TV, keep a ready supply of popcorn. This will be like The Apprentice on steroids, or on overleveraged real estate financing.
Disclosure: The author is currently suing Roger Stone and Carl Paladino. The facts asserted herein are all easily verified.