The entire “Donald Trump the Republican presidential candidate” saga has absolutely fascinated me. While the talking heads in the media continually try to break down “The Donald,” the fact of the matter is his rise to the top of the Republican presidential circus shouldn’t really surprise anyone.
After all, Trump may very well be the perfect Republican candidate. He’s:
- Spent years bashing President Obama.
- Trashed Hillary Clinton relentlessly.
- Doubted Obama’s citizenship.
- Bigoted and racist.
- A hypocrite.
- Used that tough “machismo” style talk when discussing war and terrorism.
- Only concerned about what he thinks will sound good to conservative voters.
- Someone who refuses to apologize – because that’s for wussies.
Then the fact that he’s not a politician, or a “government insider” as conservatives often say, is also a big draw for many Republicans who hate anything and everyone related to “business as usual” in Washington.
But the truth is, Trump poses a huge problem for the Republican party. Not only has his ascension to the top of their polls exposed the idiocy and bigotry that thrives within the GOP, but his popularity among Republicans has dominated the entire process for over a month. And ultimately no matter how all of this turns out, Republicans will forever have to deal with the fact that Donald Trump was their leading presidential candidate for weeks.
That’s just embarrassing.
Though even beyond that, he’s unpredictable and highly volatile. He has absolutely no problem tearing into each and every member of the Republican party with the same ferocity, dishonesty and ignorance that he’s levied against President Obama and liberals for years.
You know, the same sort of traits they embraced and supported all these years. Nothing quite like creating a monster, only to have it turn against you.
But the one thing Republicans should be (and many probably are) terrified of is not that Trump will win the Republican nomination – that’s probably not happening – but that he’ll run as a third-party candidate. If that were to happen, Republicans might as well just start planning for 2020.
And while that possibility has only been something about which the media has speculated, Trump finally addressed that possibility in an interview with The Hill.
“The RNC has not been supportive. They were always supportive when I was a contributor. I was their fair-haired boy,” Trump said. “The RNC has been, I think, very foolish.”
He then addressed how many people have told him to run as a third-party candidate if he doesn’t win the nomination.
“I’ll have to see how I’m being treated by the Republicans,” Trump said. “Absolutely, if they’re not fair, that would be a factor.”
That, ladies and gentlemen, is what you call a threat. And it’s a threat that should terrify Republicans because Trump is just egotistical enough to follow through with it. He’s basically saying that if they don’t start showing him respect, which is hard to do while you’re trying to tear him down to get him out of the lead for your presidential nomination, that could increase the likelihood that he runs as a third-party candidate.
While there’s still a long way to go between now and the general election, there’s one thing that’s for certain – this is setting up to be one of the most entertaining presidential races in U.S. history.