Here’s some irony for you: Trump’s supporters are excited by all the things they think he will do. But in fact, from the very beginning, he’s been planning on doing nothing at all. Recall the New York Times article that reported the following exchange between Trump’s son and one of John Kasich’s advisers:
Donald Jr. [called] to make [Kasich] an offer: Did he have any interest in being the most powerful vice president in history?
When Kasich’s adviser asked how this would be the case, Donald Jr. explained that his father’s vice president would be in charge of domestic and foreign policy.
Then what, the adviser asked, would Trump be in charge of?
“Making America great again” was the casual reply.
Where Kasich said no, Mike Pence said yes. And if Trump is elected, it stands to reason that Pence would be the de facto President — simply because Trump would be too lazy to take an interest in “foreign and domestic policy” (i.e., everything).
In a later interview with George Stephanopoulos, Trump provided further support for this theory. In addition to exhibiting a stunning level of both ignorance and incoherence, Trump indicated an utter lack of involvement in the crafting of the GOP platform. Here is a partial transcript:
George Stephanopoulos: Why did you soften the GOP platform on Ukraine?
Donald Trump: Uh, I wasn’t involved in that. Honestly, I wasn’t involved.
GS: Your people were.
DT: Yeah. I was not involved in that. I’d like to, uh, uh. . . I’d have to take a look at it, but I was not involved with it.
GS: Do you know what they did?
DT: They softened it. I heard. But I was not involved.
GS: They took away the part of the platform calling for the provision of lethal weapons to Ukraine to defend themselves. Why is that a good idea?
DT: I… It’s… Look. You know. I have my own ideas. He’s not going into Ukraine, okay? Just so you understand. He’s not gonna go into Ukraine. All right? You can mark it down. You can put it down. You can take it anywhere you want.
GS: Well, he’s already there, isn’t he?
DT: Well, he’s there in a certain way, but I’m not there. You have Obama there. And frankly, that whole part of the world is a mess under Obama. With all the strength that you’re talking about, and all of the power of NATO, and all of this. In the meantime, he’s going away… He takes Crimea. He’s sort of, I mean…
Perhaps we can derive some measure of relief from this. If elected, Trump won’t actually push any of his dangerous ideas (like executing the families of suspected terrorists or defaulting on America’s debts). He won’t even be the one sitting down with world leaders to make deals. And thank goodness for that because, honestly, there’s little difference between Trump’s words in the above exchange and this:
I don’t know about you, but this girl had me at “U.S. Americans.” Come to think of it, I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that she was on Trump’s speech-writing team. He does love beauty pageants, after all. And he hired at least two former Apprentice contestants — both attractive females, coincidentally — to fill senior positions in his campaign.
But back to the question at hand: What would Trump do if elected President? I don’t think he would walk away, as some have predicted. No, I think he would treat the whole four-year term as one long vacation — touring the world, peddling real estate, and playing golf with Kim Jong Un — while letting others do all the work.
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