Perhaps few will remember the open letter March 28 this year written by Stephanie Cegielski, former communications director for “Make America Great Again” super PAC. She claimed “Trump aimed to position himself as a ‘protest’ candidate and never expected to do so well in the Republican primary,” according to the Washington Times.
Cegielski wrote: “I’ll say it again: Trump never intended to be the candidate. But his pride is too out of control to stop him now. He doesn’t want the White House. The hard truth is: Trump only cares about Trump. He is not your voice. He is only Trump’s voice.”
The Trump campaign rejected Cegielski’s claims saying she was part of a super PAC, not the campaign, writing her off as a crank. Still, numerous outlets published her scathing remarks about Trump.
Last month, the author of Trump’s best seller, The Art of the Deal, basically agreed with accusations leveled by Cegielski. Tony Schwartz says he spent 18 months in Trump’s presence, watching him work, listening to him communicate with others, eventually writing the book that would further Trump’s image as a highly successful and charming business tycoon, the man with the Midas touch.
However, once he saw Trump’s success in the primaries, Schwartz reports deep regret, deciding he had to set the record straight. In a write up in the New Yorker July 25 Schwartz says Trump is a chronic liar, a man who will say anything, one so self-deceived, he often convinces himself his own lies are true.
“People are dispensable and disposable in Trump’s world,” Schwartz elaborates. “People who voted for him and believe that he represents their interests will learn what anyone who deals closely with him already knows—that he couldn’t care less about them.”
We now see complete disarray in the Republican ranks, division upon division, all compounded by Trump’s erratic behavior, irresponsible statements, and unending lust for personal attacks and sideshow skirmishes, such as the recent incident involving a Gold Star family, a Democrat setup that Trump stumbled right into like an amateur, an apprentice.
Now, with the polls showing Clinton with a seven-point lead and a large number of Republican leaders still unwilling to hop on the shrinking bandwagon, Trump. Recall when Trump lost to Sen. Ted Cruz in Iowa, it was rigged. Every time he loses, it’s rigged. Every time someone holds him accountable for outright lies, he calls them losers trying to rig the election.
Recently, rumors about Trump throwing in the towel have been buzzing the internet, encouraged by many Republican leaders in battleground states.
People forget Trump has run for the presidency several times, reaching all the way back to 1987. He has seemed to toy with the idea, enjoying the publicity perhaps more than the politicking. Now that the business has become serious, instead of suffering loss, perhaps he’ll just file for bankruptcy, again, claiming to be an innocent victim of a rigged system.
Ironically, the apprentice candidate who may have run as a “protest” originally could end up protesting his own campaign by quitting to avoid defeat. The last thing Trump wants to hear from the voters: “You’re Fired!”