According to filmmaker Michael Moore, Donald Trump “never actually wanted to be president.” He never had any intention of getting as far in the election as he has. All he wanted to do was get himself a better deal for his reality show, “The Apprentice.” But somehow, Trump found himself leading the pack of GOP presidential hopefuls and now he’s the Republican nominee. Try as he might, he just can’t manage to convince all his “poorly educated” supporters that he really isn’t presidential material.
“Donald Trump never actually wanted to be president of the United States. I know this for a fact. I’m not going to say how I know it,” Moore began in his new column at Alternet. “But there are certain people reading this right now, they know who they are, and they know that every word in the following paragraphs actually happened.”
Moore explained that “Trump was unhappy with his deal as host and star of his hit NBC show, “The Apprentice” (and “The Celebrity Apprentice”). Simply put, he wanted more money.” Eventually, he decided that the best way to get a sweeter deal was to run for president.
Of course he wouldn’t really have to RUN for president—just make the announcement, hold a few mega-rallies that would be packed with tens of thousands of fans, and wait for the first opinion polls to come in showing him—what else!—in first place! And then he would get whatever deal he wanted, worth millions more than what he was currently being paid.
But just like everything else Trump gets involved with, he screwed it up right from the start with his racist comments. Not only did he instantly win the hearts of bigots across the nation, he also managed to completely destroy his brand. Thanks to his declaration that all Mexicans are rapists when he declared his candidacy, NBC dropped him like a hot potato.
But then, wrote Moore, “Trump fell in love with himself all over again, and he soon forgot his mission to get a good deal for a TV show.” “
A TV show? Are you kidding—that’s for losers… Host a TV show? He was the star of EVERY TV SHOW—and, soon, winning nearly every primary!
That didn’t last long, though. The night of the New Jersey primary Trump had the “Oh shit!” revelation that he was actually going to end up being the Republican nominee and his “rich beautiful life is [email protected] over!” Trump was smacked dead in the face with “the realization that now he was going to have to go through with this stunt that he started. It was no longer going to be performance art. He was going to have to go to work.”
“Soon, though, his karma caught up with him. Calling Mexicans “rapists” should have disqualified him on Day One (or for saying Obama wasn’t born here, as he did in 2011),” said Moore. “No, it took 13 months of racist, sexist, stupid comments before he finally undid himself with the trifecta of attacking the family of a slain soldier, ridiculing the Purple Heart and suggesting that the pro-gun crowd assassinate Hillary Clinton. By this past weekend, the look on his face said it all—’I hate this! I want my show back!’ But it was too late. He was damaged goods, his brand beyond repair, a worldwide laughing stock—and worse, a soon-to-be loser.”
Then, Moore floated one more hypothesis: “But, let me throw out another theory, one that assumes that Trump isn’t as dumb or crazy as he looks. Maybe the meltdown of the past three weeks was no accident. Maybe it’s all part of his new strategy to get the hell out of a race he never intended to see through to its end anyway,” wrote Moore. “Because, unless he is just “crazy,” the only explanation for the unusual ramping up, day after day, of one disgustingly reckless statement after another is that he’s doing it consciously (or subconsciously) so that he’ll have to bow out or blame “others” for forcing him out. Many now are sensing the end game here because they know Trump seriously doesn’t want to do the actual job—and, most importantly, he cannot and WILL NOT suffer through being officially and legally declared a loser—LOSER!—on the night of November 8th.”
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