The surprising case for President Donald Trump

Donald Trump: Not the president America deserves, but the one it needs right now. (AP file photo)

Donald Trump: The president America deserves AND the one it needs right now. (AP file photo)

Donald Trump is the latest person to declare he’s running for president, to the swift condemnations of those who dismiss him as a clown who shouldn’t be taken seriously.

Not so fast, my friends.

Contrary to the naysayers, Trump’s candidacy is in fact one of those times in History when — hark! — the light of Hidden Blessing shines on the countenance of Outrageous Fortune.

You see, dear reader, Donald Trump may be the only person running who can do the job that truly has to be done. The only candidate who can take us back to the days when the president was widely honored and respected, no matter who he was and which party he represented. The only candidate who could deliver a restored spirit of bipartisanship and return America to its founding principles.

You think I’m kidding?

Let me put it this way: One thing that both Democrats and Republicans agree on is that the presidency has become too powerful, with undeclared wars, unconstitutional executive orders, fear among staffers to offer dissenting opinions, reprisals for political enemies, an above-the-law attitude — all with a prevailing stench of incompetence. The problem is that each side only believes this when the other party controls the White House.

But with Trump in office and acting as maniacally as we might expect, the Democrats who mock him and the Republicans who would like to disown him might finally agree that enough is enough: The executive branch has to be reined in.

President Trump wants to invade Mexico? Congress might finally find the cojones not to appropriate the money.

President Trump wants to go through cabinet members like interns on “The Apprentice”? Congress could de-fund some his offices and operations in a way that doesn’t elicit “government shutdown!” fear mongering.

President Trump wants to (continue to) leverage the federal government like one of his bankrupted companies? We might finally get a bipartisan agreement to balance the budget.

President Trump wants to travel around the nation, and world, making bombastic speeches like the naked emperor of lore? Take a long look at the inside of a hangar, Air Force One: No jet fuel money for you!

President Trump wants to turn the presidency into even more of a celebrity-driven, permanently campaigning, cult of personality for the benefit of oneself and one’s circle of friends? Maybe Americans would finally tire of that act and take corrective action come 2020.

My fellow Americans, Donald Trump is here to save us from ourselves, and salvage the republic along the way, precisely by giving us everything we’ve ever asked for in the way of political ridiculousness. Four years of dread is a small price to pay for steeling our resolve to create a better future.

So please join me in supporting Trump 2016: It’s Always Darkest Before the Dawn.

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ClaireSims
ClaireSims

And now for the comic relief....

Pub Heaven
Pub Heaven

Kyle pretends that the Trump candidacy is only a joke.

Until he sees the GOP primary vote totals... 

Kyle_Wingfield
Kyle_Wingfield moderator

@332-206 "Until he sees the GOP primary vote totals..."

Trump's delegate total will be in the double, if not single, digits -- no matter how hard our friends on the left try to paint him as a central figure in the primary.

Pub Heaven
Pub Heaven

@Kyle_Wingfield @332-206 

Point taken as to delegates. But he's a central figure to a media that can't get enough of Kim, Kanye, and Caitlyn. And he'll be a discouragingly disruptive figure for the GOP for months.

Kyle_Wingfield
Kyle_Wingfield moderator

@332-206 "he's a central figure to a media that can't get enough of Kim, Kanye, and Caitlyn"

Yes, he will get a lot of airtime. But I suspect voters will easily look past that and/or find the sources of information they seek about the actual contenders.

Pub Heaven
Pub Heaven

@Kyle_Wingfield @332-206

I appreciate your hopes, but my view is dimmer. When the GOP offers Paul Broun and Jody Hice, how can a Donald Trump not have a constituency?.

Bruno2
Bruno2

Kyle--Thanks for writing a fun, light-hearted "piece" about Trump's candidacy, which I think is the proper spirit to view his run.  I'm not sure why many others seem to feel that his announcement has some broader meaning.

Can'o'corn
Can'o'corn

Now only if Vince McMahon would enter the race, you could sell tickets to vote in the GOP primary.

RafeHollister
RafeHollister

I heard someone else say this, not sure who, but I thought it was funny.


Even as big of a narcissist and blow hard as Trump, who made all kinds of seemingly impossible promises for what he would do as President, didn't go so far to the extreme that he thought he could lower the oceans.


Anyhow Eric Erickson has a good column today on why we have a Trump running for President, saying in a country who trusted and thought their politicians were representing the people who electing them, a Trump campaign would fall flat.

Zachary Stepp
Zachary Stepp

Between "...the light of Hidden Blessing shines on the countenance of Outrageous Fortune" and "President Trump wants to invade Mexico? Congress might finally find the cojones..."  I think this might be one of your most clever and well-written articles to date. You get a nice, slow, respectful golf clap from me. 

LilBarryBailout
LilBarryBailout

The nice thing about Trump being in the race on the GOP side is that if you don't like him, there are several other viable candidates who would do a far better job than the only choice the Democrat establishment is cramming down their rube voters' throats.

MHSmith
MHSmith

The libs have finally done it. 


"They've awakened the sleeping political midget."


Trump ain't for real and he will not win  the GOP 2016 primary for President..  

lvg
lvg

Clown bus of the GOP sure is getting crowded. Not one has a clue what they would do differently in foreign policy other than be more macho.

LilBarryBailout
LilBarryBailout

As Kyle so deftly points out, a Trump presidency would eventually result in progress of a sort, at least by 2020.

After four years of a Hillary regime, on the other hand, America would be even more listless, depraved, slothful, and divided than it is after six-plus years of the failed and un-American Obama regime.

More of the same with no hope of change, or four years of damn nonsense followed by sanity?

DebbieDoRight
DebbieDoRight

I can't WAIT!!!  Go Donald!! Beat Huckabee, Bush, Santorium, Fioroni, Cruz, Diaz, Perez, Machu Pichu, Sphynx, and all the others!! You can do it Donald!  YOU.  CAN. DO. IT!!! America needs you!! 


Run Baby Run!!!  I'm going out right now and buying a "Go Donald Trump Beat Those Clowns!" Bumper sticker!!  I'm for Donald all the way!! With him as the GOP nominated principle to go up against Hillary, Hillary would be a shoe in!! Yeah!! Go Baby Go!!!!!!!

Caius
Caius

Damn fine piece of writing Wingfield!

Ralph-43
Ralph-43

He want to build a wall across the entire southern border.  Enough said.

DunwoodyGranny
DunwoodyGranny

I have to hand it to you. Most days I like Jay's column better, but today you win hands down.

You are right. It's time to restore the presidency. Go, Trump!

Starik
Starik

A Trump Presidency would be entertaining.  So would a Huckabee, or or a Paul, or a Santorum, or a number of others, including a Sanders.  Let's hope not.

km42
km42

I say we could finally see LOTS of incompetent government workers to lose their jobs............time to clean house with all the programs that get appropriated and end up as a woulda/coulda/shoulda.

His agenda should be, remove the FAT and finally become LEAN!


Funny how Congress is so disjointed now that the conservatives are in full control, and yet, neither party is willing to lose their cushy slot to do what's right for the entire nation.

In all seriousness, could it be any worse than the last decade?



gmaye
gmaye

Wow,  if this President has been disrespected around the world please tell me how many 911 attacks have we had under President Obama?   


NorthAtlanta
NorthAtlanta

@gmaye

Fort Hood shootings and the Boston Marathon bombings.  By 911 I assume you mean terrorist attacks on US soil.

Dusty2
Dusty2

@gmaye 


Attacks under President Obama?  George Bush took care of everything so there wouldn't be any more attacks..  He had to do it after being president less than a year.  Fortunately, he had experience as a military man, a governor and the strength to lead the country against terrorism and dictators.


Fortunately, America had made a good presidential choice at that time.  

Pub Heaven
Pub Heaven

@Dusty2 @gmaye

Dusty, his congressman dad's connections got him in the home Guard, where he learned to fly a plane (F102) that was obsolete for Vietnam service. George was disqualified for military flying after he failed to show up for his annual physical. He left military service before completing his six year commitment.

No wonder he's just the guy for you...

Dusty2
Dusty2

@332-206 @Dusty2 @gmaye 


332, how many obsolete military planes have you flown?  Bush left on an approved leave to help his father's  campaign for the presidency. 


Those attempts to attack Bush's military service have all been proven as propaganda and nothing else.  Even counterfeit copies of his records were made by criminals and those too were shown to be phony.


Too bad you swallowed all the propaganda the Dems could push on the public.  You are so naïve to believe the many  false reports that was  made. Just the Democratic way of conducting an election.

PhillipNoe
PhillipNoe

LOL!  I just thought I'd start early!  Looking forward to the entertainment!

DawgDadII
DawgDadII

Well, if he gives a really good speech we might witness a "Trump stump bump", which after a bad interview could become a "Stump Trump slump". 


Is that silly enough?

MarkVV
MarkVV

I am in absolute agreement with Kyle. He may be late with his column by 15 days, but that is OK by me, he had to wait for the announcement. Trump for President in 2016!

JackLivesOutsideTheBox
JackLivesOutsideTheBox

For 200 years fools have been saying the sky is falling, America is in peril, etc.  Everyone who has ever bet against America has lost.  

JackLivesOutsideTheBox
JackLivesOutsideTheBox

Let me be clear in what you are saying.  We should elect a guy who is SUCH a dimwit, egotistical clown, that everyone will see it and rein in the power of the Presidency? 

1) Did I miss that you meant to be sardonic?  2) Do you actually get paid to write for the AJC?  

RafeHollister
RafeHollister

I think Trump is too full of himself, but glad he tossed his toupee in the ring.  He has such high negatives, I'm not sure whether he will be able to get into the debate, but if so, we might actually have someone who will confront some of these blowhards with "Trump truth".  Whether his version is correct or not, he will throw the others off their talking points with his self assurance and bombast and hopefully they will move off their rehearsed campaign slogans. 


It is going to be refreshing to have someone call foul on some of this time honored unchallenged blather about how we are going to shrink the debt, increase the armed forces, close the borders, provide a new healthcare system, do prison reform, restore the balance of trade, blah, blah on and on with no specifics.   Of course they can make him squander his time by bringing up China, he will then launch into his never ending rant on China, CHina, CHINA!

Finn-McCool
Finn-McCool

And Kyle admonishes me for jumping to the absurd extreme!


Pot, kettle; kettle, pot.

Juanx
Juanx

Kyle, You are almost as funny as Trump. 

PinkoNeoConLibertarian
PinkoNeoConLibertarian

I think you might be giving the congress critters too much credit. They are so dead set against agreeing with "the other side" I don't know if even The Hair as a common enemy can bring them together.

JamVet
JamVet

Huzzah!

Brilliantly refreshing...

straker
straker

"it's always darkest before the dawn"


And the dawns not looking very good either.

LogicalDude
LogicalDude

Kyle, sometimes you are a genius! 


We have to go overboard to show how bad we've gotten because everybody playing the political game keeps saying "no, it's not THAT bad, amirite???"  

Balance of Powers?  congress is completely disfunctional and can't even lift a finger to help itself in the face of Executive force. This may be a feature instead of a bug, created by monetary interests who want to distract the government instead of having an effective government that can reign in the corruption.