Everything about him seems both genuine and fake at the same time and this would have me running for the hills normally.
And yet, here I am, transfixed by his every media appearance and awed by his ability to brush off the backlash from his own rhetoric that would fell mere mortal politicians.[read_more] Over the last several years I’ve transformed into a pretty hardcore libertarian but still hoping that the Republican Party can still be the voice of liberty and peace it once was. Rand Paul is the candidate I support, whose name is on my bumper. Yet, I watched last week’s debate not carrying a lick about Rand Paul and instead I was just waiting with glee to see who Donald Trump would piss off next.
Call it the Trump Temptation.
There isn’t any rational reason for supporting Donald Trump in the conventional political sense. It’s why so many bloggers and commentators committed to America’s arcane political traditions are so at a loss about how well he’s doing. And this is where it starts.
Forget Donald Trump and instead look at his supporters. For this, you have to throw out all notions of politics that you subscribe to. You have to understand that over the last 14 or so years there is a large chuck of conservative voters that have been let down by promise after promise, beaten down both by the social issue success of liberals under Barack Obama, the failure to fulfill campaign promises of the Republican Party, and the betrayal of people like John Roberts who they were told over and over were sound.
From George W. Bush’s expansion of government through Medicaid Part D and No Child Left Behind to the failures of post-Bush congressional leaders to follow a conservative agenda to the point of punitively punishing conservative members doing what they told their constituents they would do, there is an enormous anger at politicians in general within the GOP.
No doubt there are actual elected Republicans addressing these concerns from Ted Cruz to Rand Paul to Bobby Jindal, concerns that range from gay marriage to religious liberty to immigration to the growth of government to surveillance. But no matter how outside they position themselves, nobody is taking on the system with the charisma and vehemence of Donald Trump.
The key to understanding this is to stop looking at it from a conventional conservative versus liberal outlook. Trump blurs the lines. He appeals to an emotion more important than partisan loyalty. During the debate, many Republicans wrung their hands that he said he would not pledge to support the eventual nominee, but those same Republicans need to understand that their is a huge swath of voters in their party who feel the same way. I count myself as one of them, having refused to vote for Mitt Romney in 2012.
And don’t think these doesn’t extend to the Democratic Party as well. Bernie Sanders just said the Democratic Party is morally bankrupt, then packed in 28,000 people in Seattle, and is surging in the polls in Iowa and New Hampshire. The Democratic Party is about two election cycles behind the GOP in dealing with this because President Obama has been so successful from a progressive point of view.
The fact that Trump has given to both parties, that he has no party loyalty, and is vague on issues concerns these folks not at all. Because it’s not like our elected officials have followed through on their promises, so at least Trump is honest. He’s a billionaire who can’t be bought and who has exposed a system he himself has openly talked about exploiting. It’s refreshing, quite frankly, to hear him talk about giving money to politicians to get things he wants.
I tell people that I would dismiss Trump more vehemently but he makes all the right people mad. While vulgar and borderline-racist in many of his appeals, the sureness in his manner and celebrity of his character is protecting him in a way that would never a work for a traditional politician. He doesn’t bow down to the traditional political penance when someone messes up, instead he digs in and plows forward. It’s a resilience many people appreciate at a time when so many conservatives are told they need to get over their social beliefs.
Our political system, with the two parties so entrenched and in control of our “democratic” process, has created a choking effect to those who don’t tow the line. Look at what happens when a young conservative representative like Justin Amash or a veteran liberal senator like Chuck Schumer strays from the herd? The average folks are tired of it, they are tired of being told to get in line or else. In the past the call for unity centered around the fear of a liberal boogeyman.
But there are so many now simply asking “what’s the difference between a Bush and a Clinton?” They are tired of being called stupid, a pestilence, or whatever nasty phrase comes up in order to get back in line so the consultants can make their money and everyone else can eventually get their nice salary from the government they claim to want to shrink. This emotion is real and it’s not going anywhere whether Trump continues to rise or he falls. It’s something whoever the GOP nominee is must deal with or they will lose.
As for me, I still don’t’ know what I’m going to do with Donald Trump. My guy Rand has been quite disappointing. Like I said above, every rational thought tells me that this would be a giant mistake to do anything to help Donald Trump. He’s not a libertarian. But all the choices we’ve made base on our rationality hasn’t worked out that well. Government grows, wars continue, and any kind of independence is punished. To those who support Trump, I get it. And the sooner the rest of the GOP and our political masters get it, the better off we will be. Because the absolute worst thing they can do is marginalize and try and destroy you, because they will just destroy themselves in the process.
Thomas Jefferson famously said with no doubt a touch of hyperbole that “a little rebellion now and then is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical.”
As usual with Thomas Jefferson, he’s not wrong.
The Trump Temptation
Everything about him seems both genuine and fake at the same time and this would have me running for the hills normally.
[…] however, tried. I outlined my initial thoughts on Trump back in 2015, summarized by that great Jefferson quote “a little rebellion now and then is a good thing, and […]
Two things have happened. First – Obama’s disregard for the Constitution has taken the dignity of the office of the president to an all time low. Second – along comes Trump, who is bold enough to speak for a large segment of conservative voters who feel betrayed and left behind by failed promises (Bernie has done the same thing for the left, by the way). His antics, however, do not dignify the office of the president and that bothers a lot of people. While he may be popular with the “vulgarians” for now, we need to bring some digity back into the process of selecting our president.
The primaries are already being held. The Koch Klan and their cash have narrowed the field down to 5 or 6. The rest will be burned out of money long before the fake primary starts. Perry is on the ropes and things haven’t even started yet. Trump will eventually run out of new lines to say or he will have a Perot sabotage moment and that will be that. Back to your normal political babbling.
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Tyrannis, semper idem
This post is real thinking over establishment central committee-like puff. Moreover, this writing hits the nail on the head as to what a lot of people are thinking. A real nice write!
Question: why did the Roman government over most of Western Europe and the Mediterranean basin last so long, for more than 400 years after the advent of the first emperor Augustus? Part of the answer is inertia (things set in motion tend to remain in motion) … but the rest of the reason is that there were good and bad emperors. It was the good emperors which gave reprieve to the corrupt, dying patient.
And what makes a potentially good emperor? It is the promise of a administration of government, and with an transfusion of sense. Those of you who point out that Trump can’t do worse than what
we’ve be stuck with are telling the truth. But to those who still have have reservation, a reprieve is not cure. Reprieve is not Lawful government by organic constitutions. Reprieve does not cause the Security State to vanish. The Federal/States Partnership of de facto government is not even talked about. And most importantly, reprieve does not reestablish an authentic security and safety of our
living persons free of state sponsored tyranny.
So the rub is …Trump may be better than the rest of the mealy mouthed candidacies … but he is not the Real Deal, not as Washington, Henry, or Madison would have understood it. This said, I can see the attraction of Trump … but also the downside. Trump is an uncomfortable lodging place, but on the other hand, nothing much comes of voting for ciphers.
The way to kill Trump is with kindness … Cruz gets it http://www.politico.com/story/2015/08/ted-cruz-foolish-for-gop-to-criticize-trump-121241.html?hp=rc1_4
If these people are so very upset with the current political process, then they should be going for someone like Cruz, who we all know has guts, or Ben Carson or Carly Fiorina, all of whom are truly outsiders and true conservatives who can think rationally and tell it like it is without insulting everyone who has a disagreement with them. Also each of those 3 is capable of completing a sentence without having the words I or ME in them, unlike Mr. Trump.
I think Cruz is where they all end up, to be honest. He’s the only candidate not frothing at the mouth to attack him and hes raising some good money on his own.
Chris, you lost me at … “I count myself as one of them, having refused to vote for Mitt Romney in 2012.” You helped elect Obama a second time. How’s that working out?
Given that Romney is cut from the same cloth at Boehner and McConnell, I remain unconvinced anything would be any different.
If Romney was President, Obama Care would have been defunded, Romney would have put real pressure on Russia to back off Ukraine, and we’d be taking care of business regarding ISIS instead of taking half baked measures. So while I don’t agree with Mitt on some issues, we’d be in alot better shape if he was president.
– Obamacare – defunded.
– Iran – not capitulated to
– No executive orders on immigration
– No executive orders on global warming (I mean cooling…I mean climate change)
– No race baiting the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, and maybe Ferguson and Baltimore wouldn’t have burned.
Romney might be the same as Boehner and McConnell, but the three of them are head and shoulders above Obama.
How would any of you feel about people reading about YOU a thousand years from now and thinking how grateful they were for the way the president elect of 2016 turned the country around and made it great again. That would be a good place to be.
I imagine that Idi Amin told the people of Uganda that he would make Uganda great again.
Fifty plus years of strangling federal growth and paternalistic micromamanement by a conformist bound, self enriching, homogenized educated elite whose leadership and economic contributions, have been richly rewarded on the backs of the American middle and working classes, for at best mediocrity, has finally come home to roost in the persona of one of their very own Donald John Trump, Sr. The American citizen is waking up after a long slumber and they are beginning to grasp that this elite and it’s political infrastructure cannot be relied upon when things go so clearly wrong as they have today by rallying around meaningless party labels or talking point spouting presidential candidate wannabes raised in the system. The real issue to me is will the American people put a corrective hand back on the mechanisms of goverance or fall back into slumber. This isn’t about presidential candidates or Donald Trump’s bad behavior, this is about us and our future. If you want to fixate on Donald Trump or some Fox News contributor talking head feel free to do so, but frist you might want to shake yourself hard a couple more times to see if you come fully awake, there may not be too many more chances. Reflect on this – the country’s under employment and productivity numbers, the real life “blood” of our future and our children’s future, are at levels not seen since the great depression, but NOT one question was raised during the most recent stage crafted media event to any of the participants on our economy, if that doesn’t put it into perspective for you I can’t imagine what will.
Great commentary that about explains why The Donald is doing so well. Sadly, the squishy establishment types are incapable of understanding what you have said. I’m still a Ted Cruz fan, but voting for The Donald, if he is the nominee, will cause me less angst then when I had to vote for the last two GOP squishy establishment presidential nominees. It is clear that not even skinny ladies will scare The Donald.
So when Donald Trump passes tariff legislation, wealth taxes, and federal gun control legislation, will you have angst then?
Are those the views The Donald has been touting since running or are you just going off of the same talking points every other squishy establishment type has been using, lately? No, the things I have heard The Donald actually campaign on will not cause me very much angst. I want that wall! I want America great again! Tell me what is so bad about evening the playing field with currency manipulators like China? I will continue to support Ted Cruz, but only a fool would ignore the reasons why support for The Donald is still rising.
BTW, the Donald couldn’t lead much worse than the squishy establishment GOP leadership in Congress. Why don’t you try referencing some of their greatest hits? The things that are actually getting passed which are impacting Americans right now. Are you aware that we have had RECORD tax revenues go into our Big Government since last fiscal year, and we still have deficit spending happening? I suppose that means the House has given up the power of the purse strings to President Prissy-pants. If only that were the only power them fearless squishy establishment types in the GOP leadership had given up since they were given control of both houses of Congress. Perhaps you should direct some of your angst to that crowd!
Your positions are so ridiculous I don’t even know how to fully respond. Here you are, concerned over Congress giving up its authority to the executive branch, and yet Donald Trump is promising to rule by decree. Could you be suffering from any more cognitive dissonance? Donald Trump will continue the vacuum of power from the legislative branch to the executive branch. For a so-called libertarian conservative you sure as heck don’t seem concerned with having another narcissist President who believes his decrees are greater than law.
With regard to Trump’s views, which views? When? His views change on a daily basis. He tells his supporters whatever the hell they want to hear. One year he’s for blanket amnesty, the next he wants to build a wall. One year he’s for 14.5% wealth tax, the next he supports supply-side economics. Come on! How dense does a person have to be to buy this schtick?
With regard to China’s currency manipulation, you don’t even know what that means. The people who bitch and complain about currency manipulation probably can’t even convert a Yuan to a Dollar. EVERY country manipulates its currency with its central bank buying and selling bonds. You think the U.S. Federal Reserve doesn’t weaken and strengthen the USD through open market operations? Give me a break!
Funny, all I see in your post is a big BAAWAAAH! You people are gonna be fun to watch for the next year or so!
Typical anti-intellectual bull crap from Trump people.
I don’t take my marching orders from Ted Cruz. If you actually care about your country then you will appreciate those who criticize and vet candidates. We didn’t vet Obama in 2008 and this country elected a narcissist. Let’s not make the same mistake in 2016.
I know, you just want to look foolish. You wear it well my crazy, buffoonish friend.
So just to be clear–you’re criticizing me because I want to vet Republican primary candidates for their positions. And THAT is what makes me “crazy” and “buffoonish”? Wow…
My actions aren’t the things feeding The Donald’s rise. You are doing a marvelous vetting job, btw!
He who laughs last laughs loudest.
Doesn’t sound like you are doing very much laughing at the moment. More like you are ready to have an aneurysm. Do you have any care givers that can keep an eye on you tonight? You people better learn to lighten up or you will be the ones putting The Donald into the Oval office.
Somebody might want to do some edumacating.
You’re such an anti-intellectual–you don’t know what you’re linking to. You do understand that the U.S. manipulates its currency, too, right? You understand that ALL countries with central banks manipulate their currency, right? The Fed can weaken the U.S. Dollar by lowering interest rates through open market operations. The only reason the USD isn’t in the tank right now is because our economy is strong relative to the rest of the world.
Yet you are the one looking foolish. I sure hope you people can get a grip and quite acting st-st-st-stupid. Your antics might just put The Donald into the Peoples House.
My “antics”, like presenting the facts?
Are you serious? Like how I pointed out that Trump’s views change on a routine basis and that he is totally untrustworthy to govern as a conservative? Or how about I taught you an economics 101 lesson about supply and demand of currency?
Your opinion means little to people, my delusional, fabricating friend. For your enlightenment:
What have I fabricated? Do you actually read the links that you post? Do you realize that your links actually confirm that Trump has “changed” his positions on pretty much everything?
It also shows where he stands right on this date and time. Funny, you would rather rely on a ruling class that continues to LIE about what they will do. While I will continue to be a Ted Cruz supporter, The Donald is still a better choice than over 10 of the other candidates. My opinion, certainly worth as much as yours.
Again, your position is asinine. Why would anyone support a man whose positions change like the wind? We have at least a half dozen current GOP candidates who have a long track record of strong conservatism, in the face of overwhelming odds (Walker, Paul, Cruz, Kasich are all examples). For all we know, Trump will renege on his word and pass tariffs and tax increases. Trump isn’t a conservative–he’s a chameleon.
Walker, perhaps, Cruz, for sure! Why would anyone support the LYING ruling class, yet again? A successful businessman certainly has more reason to play the political chameleon in the libetard bastion of NYC, more so than the squishy establishment ruling type, don’t you think? I believe The Donald has about $10 BILLION reasons for playing nice with every color on the spectrum. I bet you never had to deal with a union, have you?
Yeah, I know nothing.
This is the dumbest piece of commentary I’ve ever read by anyone. The United States is tied to the ENTIRE world through global international trade. China has the 2nd largest economy on Earth (soon to be the largest), so of course the world economy is tied in to China’s economy. You’re such a knuckle-dragger that you don’t even realize that what you’re linking to in no way whatsoever backs up your criticism of China’s “currency manipulation”. What does your link have to do with currency manipulation? All it demonstrates is that the world’s 2nd largest economy is important to global economic health. And what exactly would be your solution?
This entire thread you’ve posted links to articles that either contradict your position or in no way support your position because they are on other topics. This is a case where your link has absolutely nothing to do with the topic at hand.
I hope you have a whole bunch of money invested in the stock market then, my crazy, imbecilic friend.
What you posted has NOTHING to do with anything that we were talking about at all. You’re coming back beating your chest about…nothing. Do you want to post the LA Lakers / LA Clippers final score, too?
China is the world’s 2nd largest economy. If China is not doing well then that impacts stock markets all over the world. What has that got to do with Chinese “currency manipulation”? And what’s Donald Trump going to do about China being a large, important economy?
I just want to enlighten you, my crazy, feeble-minded friend. You are the one that said China’s continued currency devaluation has no influence on the United States.
“True ignorance is not the absence of knowledge, but the refusal to acquire it.” –Karl Popper
Thanks for being the perfect example!
What??? When did I say China’s currency manipulation has no influence over the United States? Show me. Quote me. Where?? I said that ALL countries with a central bank manipulate their currency. This is a provable fact. It’s like saying that water is wet.
I just quoted you UBS: “The primary catalyst for the market angst was the data showing China’s
manufacturing sector sinking at its fastest pace since 2009.” The recent stock market decline has to do with the weakening Chinese economy, not the devaluation of its currency. If anything, China’s currency was over-inflated because it was artificially pegged to the USD. The Yuan is no longer pegged to the USD. That’s it. It has nothing to do with the link you posted with regard to the last week’s stock decline.
I get it. You agree the Chinese manipulate their currency, but what that manipulation does to the rest of the world means nothing.
China manipulates its currency, the U.S. manipulates its currency, Japan manipulates its currency, the EU manipulates its currency, Argentina manipulates its currency. Central banks that have currencies not linked to a hard asset ALL manipulate their currency values through various measures–the U.S. just happens to have a process that manipulates the market force of supply and demand. Complaining about Chinese currency manipulation is like the boy in the back seat complaining that his sister hit him in the arm after he hit her in the arm. You can’t complain about Chinese currency manipulation when we do the same thing.
Chinese currency manipulation is NOT the reason for the most recent stock market decline. You are creating a false link.
There are about 5 TRILLION reasons to complain.
I’m genuinely curious if you read ANYTHING that you post. Do you? Do you understand what the article is saying? It’s saying that the Chinese Yuan devaluation is a frightening sign about the strength of the Chinese economy. It’s akin to the US Federal Reserve cutting interest rates as U.S. growth slows down–it’s a scary sign to investors. Again, the stock market isn’t down because the currency devaluation hurts the United States; the market is down because the currency devaluation demonstrates how weak the Chinese economy is, and when the 2nd largest economy stumbles everyone stumbles.
I’m honestly sick of responding to your asinine posts. You are literally posting link after link that you 1) aren’t reading, or 2) if you are, you are not intelligent enough to process the information into a cogent thought.
I find it funny that their economic growth rate is still expected to be 5% for this year, yet they felt the need to devalue their currency. Do you know what the US growth rate is now? You probably should stop posting. I’m having too much fun with you.
Sorry, but I can’t support a guy who was a Democrat, pro-choice and pro-amnesty just a couple years ago. He gave money to Hillary so she’d attend his wedding. Why would you want her there? What sort of a fool would believe he actually believes what he’s saying? This is called “pandering.” Imagine what he’d do if Putin said stern words to Trump. If you look at how he reacted to Meghan Kelley, we should expect him to start World War IV over it. Trump is just a sign of how desperate people are.
The point is whatever you think of Trump, the people supporting him are real and the other 15 candidates need to figure them out.
Looks like he’s been a Conservative for some time. As far as your switching excuse, does it really matter today? Bruce Jenner switched and the crowd goes wild.
Trump has switched political parties several times (I believe 5 times) in the last 30 years.
Seriously? that’s awful!
I understand the first commenter’s concern but I also wonder if in fact it will make any difference whether Hillary, should she be the candidate, or Jeb Bush occupies 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in 2017.
But furthermore, from watching #TheDonald, I can’t believe he’ll last any longer than Hillary. I don’t expect to see either one of them on the ballot next year! Sit back and watch the fun! It’s about time the Republican Party got some attention!
The choice is NOT between Trump and Bush or Clinton and Bush! Stop with these stupid false dilemmas! There are 15(!) other candidates to choose from other than Bush or Trump, many who have spent years locked in political battle with the American Left.
I think you missed my point, Kevin, but got to my conclusion anyway! There are, at this point, still 16 +/- good candidates on the Republican side. I don’t think we will be looking at ‘Trump’ or, for that matter, ‘Clinton’ on the ballot come November 2016. It’s over a year away. Calm down!
I hope you are right!
The fact that you abstained from voting for Mitt Romney in 2012 means that you have lost the moral high ground to criticize ANY Republican candidate, now and forever, and if there were any justice you’d not be allowed to vote in Republican primaries. I hope that despite the entrenchment of Obamacare, doubling of the national debt, increased capital gains taxes, and Iran with $150 billion more to terrorize the world with that you feel satisfied in your moral superiority.
Ross never had 40% of those polled. Rand Paul is closer to your comparison, factually.
Meme Fail 🙂
Trump polls 40% in a 2-way race against Hillary Clinton (while Clinton polls 50% against him). Perot polled 20% in a 3-way race. Not an apples to apples comparison.
At this point in time during the summer of 1992, Ross Perot actually led both Clinton and Bush in a three way race, garnering nearly 40% of the vote. I remember it like it was yesterday. Trust me, the similarities between Perot and Trump are numerous.
I’m not sure at what level you are making this comparison but I can assure you on the personal level they couldn’t be more starkly different human beings and personalities. I knew Ross quite well and have meet Trump while working in NYC in the ’80 several times in a social context they are polar opposites. If you are talking about the political movements surrounding them, maybe but I even have my doubts there as well.
Both are billionaire businessmen with over-inflated ego’s.
Both tapped into a certain anger bubbling up in the people. In 1991-92 it was anger over the “Read My Lips…No New Taxes” pledge that George H.W. Bush broke. This time it is general anger at the Republican Congress failing to live up to its promises to fight Obama’s radical agenda.
Both launched a quixotic bid for the presidency that is (and was) doomed to failure.
Both of them flip flopped on a number of issues over the years.
Neither of them put forward any real plans to fix anything.
Both did damage to the Republican party, and if we are not careful, both of them will guarantee the election of a Clinton to the Presidency.
I can’t tell you how many people I talked to in 1992 who were Republicans or Independents and they would say that they were voting for Ross Perot because they were mad at Bush for raising taxes. I would ask them if they realized that by voting for Perot, they were guaranteeing the election of a man (Clinton) who had made raising taxes a campaign promise?? One after another they said they didn’t care, and that it was time to send a message.
I see that same, “cut off my nose to spite my face” mentality going on right now with Trump supporters.
My biggest fear is that, just like with the Perot voters, there is nothing we can do to convince these people to vote for a real Conservative that can win. My favorite is Walker. He not only talks the talk, but he has a solid record of standing up for Conservative principles. Plus he has already taken the best shots the Dems have and he is still standing.
If Trump is the nominee, he loses the general big time. If he splits off and goes third party (which I ultimately expect him to do, because to Trump, this is all about Trump, not the country), then he guarantees a Clinton win as well. Either way, the country loses.
What people take away from movements isn’t always totally attributable to an individual that may be the catalysis. If Trump suddenly disappeared from the political scene tomorrow the dissatisfaction he has become a lightening rod for among a segment of the voting population would not simply go away. You can rage against the man but the circumstances have created Trump not any unique insights or ideas he has brought to the table, because he frankly hasn’t produced any and I doubt he will. When people feel they have been rendered powerless and lose faith in seeing any equitable remedies these type of movements arise. If you think this is about the “man” I believe you are seriously misreading the context of our current political state of affairs. But I am perfectly willing to agree to disagree on this interpretation.
Regarding Ross Perot the man you are flat out wrong. It would have been a cold day in Hades before Donald Trump would have sent a man like my friend Arthur (Bull) Simons into Iran in 1978 to rescue his EDS employees. Over inflated ego, I don’t think so and I can guarantee you neither do the families of the individuals he brought home alive while the US government sat by passively, not so much unlike the situation we have today with a different generation of Americans held captive in Iranian prisons. That I won’t agree to disagree on even though Ross is an old man now and the events were long ago and largely forgotten.
I never said Trump created the dissatisfaction. He is just taking advantage of it. Just like Perot didn’t create the anger over the broken “No New Taxes” pledge. He just rode that wave into a personal platform for his own reasons.
I know all about what Perot did for his employees, and for what he did to bring POW’s home from Vietnam. He is to be commended for that. But that doesn’t change the fact that he had a tremendous ego, and never really thought he could win. His entire goal in running was to defeat Bush and elect Clinton. Ample evidence of this is when he dropped out of the race, only to get back in weeks later once Bush was winning in the polls again, claiming that he only dropped out because the Republicans threatened to release doctored photos of his daughter in order to ruin her wedding. Sounds a lot like Trump saying he will run third party if the Republicans aren’t “nice” to him.
Also, I am not raging against Trump. One might as well rage against a hurricane. What I am most angry about is the broken promises made by our current Congressional leadership that led to the general attitude that politicians, as a whole, can’t be trusted. There are some great leaders out there, who fight for the people, and make real change, but are being drowned out by the anger and distrust that has been created. This has created the perfect storm for someone with a lot of money, name ID, and ego to swoop in and make a lot of noise, all for his own self aggrandizement.
You can’t technically blame Trump for doing it. He is just doing what Trump does, taking advantage of the situation. But the potential damage he could do to this country by electing Clinton is incalculable.