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Does He Even Believe What He Says?

2011 June 27
by Randy H. Milgrom

          When President Obama released his birth certificate, Donald Trump was rendered useless but not mute. The Donald thumped his chest and declared himself “proud to have accomplished something nobody else has been able to accomplish.” And then he did sit mute as the President gave Trump a public beat-down at the White House Correspondence dinner on the night — and mere hours — before the Commander in Chief cooly pulled the trigger on Osama Bin Laden.

          Later Trump confirmed what everyone else knew: he would not be running for President of the United States. “After considerable deliberation and reflection,” he said, as if capable of either, “I have decided not to pursue the presidency.” No kidding. Thank you. Goodbye.

           Yet the man who had long teased, “You’ll be surprised at what my announcement is,” also said this: “Business is my greatest passion, and I am not ready to leave the private sector.” Trump chose money over country; no surprise there.

          Trump should be old news — and perhaps he is in many quarters — but TV hosts still invite him to speak, though nearly always by phone. Recently, when he hinted he may yet run, one host probed for more. But Trump would only say that people would be “surprised” (again) about his next moves.

          But what surprises me is that anyone would take this man seriously. When he first officially opted out of the race in May, the congenital braggart concluded: “I maintain the strong conviction that if I were to run, I would be able to win the primary and, ultimately, the general election.”          

          Anyone who truly believes he is capable of winning the presidency but decides against running is either lazy or a fool.  Never believe what a delusional man says.

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