All good things come to an end. This election is no exception. In fact, we know exactly when it will end. America will face some serious problems no matter who is sworn in next year as our next president, but I think the past few weeks have given some insight into what Donald Trump wants to do if he falls short in his bid to win the White House. Of course, this is pure speculation but I think that it could explain a lot of what we are currently seeing.
The Trump campaign has done a number of things in the past few weeks that have led serious people to wonder whether Trump is even trying to win this election. Although I certainly am not a Michael Moore fan, I think that his theory that Trump never intended to be president makes a lot of sense.
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. 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.
Trust me, I’ve met the guy. Spent an afternoon with him. He would rather invite the Clintons AND the Obamas to his next wedding than have that scarlet letter (“L”) branded on his forehead seconds after the last polls have closed on that night, the evening of the final episode of the permanently cancelled Donald Trump Sh-t-Show.
A few weeks ago, Trump even refused to commit to serving as president if elected! So, what exactly is his endgame?
Throughout the course of the campaign, there has been a persistent rumor that Trump will start his own media company after the election. “Trump…has become irked by his ability to create revenue for other media organizations without being able to take a cut himself.” Recent events have only made that likelier. In his second campaign shakeup in two months, Trump has brought over Steve Bannon from Breitbart, and is also receiving debate advice from Roger Ailes. These facts, combined with Trump attacking the media more relentlessly than he is attacking Hillary, suggest to me that not only does he want to lose, but he also wants to so thoroughly discredit the media so that his diehard supporters will flock to a network set up by Trump for Trump supporters.
When keeping in mind the allegations that Trump has been funding Breitbart for months, as well as the exodus of most of the anti-Trump Breitbart writers from the website, this theory makes more and more sense. Although Bannon is no longer at Breitbart, other writers such as Milo Yannopoulos are outspoken in their support for Trump (even going so far as to call Trump “daddy”).
Is this concept totally crazy? Actually, it’s not. Mike Huckabee got his own show after running for president. Herman Cain started CainTV. Sarah Palin got her own reality show after her Vice Presidential candidacy. Given the wide variety of companies that Trump has invested in over the years (some obviously being more successful than others), it wouldn’t be too much of a stretch to see him expanding into media as well.
The two scenarios that I view as the most likely are for Trump to start up a new media venture with Bannon and Ailes playing key roles. Trump might even poach Sean Hannity from Fox News. Then, this new network will slowly sap away the big names from Breitbart and other conservative media figures who have given him nothing but positive coverage over the course of the campaign.
The other scenario is that Trump takes over Breitbart and completely transforms it into his own outlet (obviously it would need to change its name). The advantage of this strategy is of course that he does not need to do any work because the infrastructure is already in place.
Will Trump win? Will he serve if elected? We don’t know yet. However, if he loses, these two eventualities are as plausible as anything else, and may be insightful examinations into the way that Trump is behaving during the weeks to come.