Why Donald Trump ran for president – and how his ineptitude earned him victory over a seasoned politician and political organization

trumpalienated-notpolitician-620In a 1998 People magazine interview, Donald Trump made the following comment: “If I were to run, I’d run as a Republican. They’re the dumbest group of voters in the country. They believe anything on Fox News. I could lie and they’d still eat it up. I bet my numbers would be terrific.”

Donald Trump was not a politician. He did not care about politics and had no idea how government worked. However, in early 2014, Donald Trump started taking a presidential run seriously when it became apparent he was running into pretty tough times with the IRS and had serious problems with many of his casino operations.

And run he did.

trump-bestassetstupidity-320As he pursued his adventurous candidacy, it became clear that Donald Trump’s ineptitude was becoming an asset.

Donald Trump’s stupidity caused him to pick the Republican Party – where he had absolutely no friends – as his platform to get nominated and elected. The party’s “dumb voters” and its ideologically divided leadership were assets he would rely on.

Donald Trump’s absurdity caused him to be a renegade candidate running amok with loose talk as he disregarded the advice of his professional campaign staff. The people loved it.

Donald Trump’s idiocy made him alienate instead of win over the Republican Party’s old guard. The people were sick and tired of “traditional politicians.”

Donald Trump’s imbecility caused him to pledge to deport all 10 million illegal immigrants from the country if he got elected. His followers loved it.

Donald Trump’s fatuity made him pledge that if elected he would make America’s allies pay for their protection. Turns out the majority of Americans disliked the nation’s current foreign policies.

trumpwarheroesdont-320Donald Trump’s ineptitude made him denigrate Mexicans, Muslims, black Americans, and all other non-White citizens and immigrants. The move won him the support of the great majority of white Americans.

Donald Trump’s fatuousness made him hope for, pray for, and rely on the failures and misfortunes of his political opponent – instead of on his own abilities – to win votes. That saved him the need to be competent.

Donald Trump’s apathy made him bad-mouth and alienate members of the media and all media in general. Surprise: people actually distrusted the media.

Donald Trump’s insensibility made him insult war veterans and heroes who were captured, wounded, or killed in action. Turns out his supporters believe heroes are those that never get captured, wounded, or killed in action.

Donald Trump’s asininity made him deny and brand as ‘lies’ reports and charges of his sexual crimes and other indiscretions. He was actually loved for being so macho; besides, people were more concerned about his opponent’s character.

Donald Trump’s lunacy forced him to find someone to hate and vilify each day of the campaign. And the people loved it mad.

Finally, Donald Trump’s brainless thick-headedness caused him to seek an office for which he is utterly unqualified and disqualified – temperamentally, intellectually, and professionally. People loved the fact that he was a ‘successful businessman’ and NOT a politician.

Donald Trump’s desperation, stupidity, injudiciousness, absurdity, imbecility, idiocy, fatuity, ineptitude, fatuousness, apathy, insensibility, asininity, lunacy, and brainless thick-headedness turned out to be assets that guaranteed his unexpected victory in the November 8, 2016 presidential election.

About Julius Willis

A former Philippines newspaper publisher and businessman, Julius resettled in California, USA, where he simultaneously worked as an instructional and technical writer and engineering department manager and taught college for 26 years. Now retired, he serves as a member of the Alameda County Housing & Community Development Advisory Committee. He also served as a member of the City of Hayward's General Plan Task Force and the city's Planning, Personnel, Citizens Advisory, and Community Services commissions.
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