Is this just Trump being Trump? Or is it something worse?

AP Photo / Paul Sancya

AP Photo / Paul Sancya

WHAT IN THE ACTUAL FLAMES OF HADES?!?!? From the New York Times:

“The traditional goal of a presidential nominee is to win the presidency and then serve as president.

“Donald J. Trump is not a traditional candidate for president.

“Presented in a recent interview with a scenario, floating around the political ether, in which the presumptive Republican nominee proves all the naysayers wrong, beats Hillary Clinton and wins the presidency, only to forgo the office as the ultimate walk-off winner, Mr. Trump flashed a mischievous smile.

“‘I’ll let you know how I feel about it after it happens,’ he said, minutes before leaving his Trump Tower office to fly to a campaign rally in New Hampshire.”

You might say that’s just Trump being Trump, having a little fun at the expense of the ol’ MSM. And indeed, the Times’ piece goes on to acknowledge it’s “entirely possible that Mr. Trump is playing coy to earn more news coverage.” But the story also reports on “speculation (which) has again crept into political conversations in Washington, New York and elsewhere that Mr. Trump will seek an exit strategy before the election to avoid a humiliating loss. Now he is refusing to rule out an even more dramatic departure, one that would let him avoid the grueling job of governing, return to his business and enjoy his now-permanent status as a media celebrity.”

Any other presidential candidate, in any other year, wouldn’t have to be asked whether he’d actually serve as president — and, in the event he was asked, would have an easy answer: Of course he would serve. But this isn’t an ordinary year, and Trump isn’t an ordinary candidate. If you think you can predict what he’d do in any given situation, you’re only fooling yourself. At the very least, it’s another suggestion of the lack of seriousness with which he is taking this whole endeavor.

Speaking of lack of seriousness, your other “what the &@#$” story about Trump today comes from the Washington Post, which reports on a “combative” meeting Trump had with congressional Republicans:

“Trump’s most tense exchange was with Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), who has been highly critical of the business mogul’s candidacy, especially his rhetoric and policies on immigration that the senator has argued alienate many Latino and other voters in Arizona.

“Trump said at the meeting that he has yet to attack Flake hard, but threatened to begin doing so.

“Flake stood up to Trump by urging him to stop attacking Mexicans. Trump predicted that Flake would lose his reelection, at which point Flake informed Trump that he was not on the ballot this year, said the sources, who spoke only on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to disclose details of the private meeting.

“Flake’s spokesman did not immediately reply to a request for comment.

“Trump also called out Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), who withdrew his endorsement of Trump last month citing the business mogul’s racially-based attacks on a federal judge, and said he did not approve of the senator’s action, said the officials.

“Characterizing Kirk as a loser, Trump vowed that he would carry Illinois in the general election even though the state traditionally has been solidly Democratic in presidential contests. Kirk did not attend the meeting with Trump.” (emphasis added in both instances)

The election is four months from tomorrow. The Republican National Convention is set to officially make Trump its nominee two weeks from today. And yet Trump not only is still picking fights with elected Republicans, he’s still harboring fantasies he can swing a deep-blue state like Illinois into his column — when, in reality, his candidacy has endangered the red status of heretofore-solid-red Arizona.

In better news for Trump, he has yet to praise a homicidal dictator today. Then again, it’s still early.

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xxxzzz
xxxzzz

Speaking of a lack of seriousness, how about your taking seriously speculation that he wouldn't serve?  Pot calling kettle black?

Ficklefan
Ficklefan

Remember back when this all began and someone asked Hillary if she had wiped her server, and she made a motion like she was wiping something with dust cloth and said, "Do you mean like this?" Turns out, she wasn't kidding. Clearly incompetent, and perhaps the most incompetent Secretary of State in many decades, she actually didn't know what wiping her server meant or the need to keep the nations most sensitive secrets and information secure. But being incompetent does not get her off the hook according to the applicable law, only Comey's unfathomable interpretation of the law did that.


The law itself, for more than obvious reasons, does not require intent, and specifically says so.  Only gross negligence, reckless disregard, etc. in handling and managing classified and top secret documents and information is required. And there were many many incidents of gross negligence. 


Imagine 25 or 30 federal employees with their own servers or sending their e-mails (like Hilary's aides did) over non-secure networks . . . and then saying, Oh gosh, we didn't know they could be hacked, or that we had to keep them secure. That is no defense.  Other federal employees not named Hillary Clinton would be facing indictment for what she did and failed to do.


So there is likely more to come. Comey did not take into account in his findings (again for reasons unknown) her sworn testimony in front of Congress. She clearly lied under oath, and perjured herself - a felony. Wow. That has a familiar Clintonesque ring to it, doesn't it?  


Also, under current existing rules her top level security clearance should be immediately revoked, and that of any of her aides involved in this fiasco of incredible incompetence and putting personal self interest above all else. 


Just because of her Clintonesque tendencies to put her personal interests above all other interests and lying under oath, she is not fit to be president.  And now that her incredible incompetence and willful violation of federal laws and rules has come out, hopefully we will no longer have to listen to all that campaign BS about how she is the most qualified candidate ever. 

Caius
Caius

Re the potential referring to the DOJ Clinton lying to congress; one gets back to that very troublesome word, "intent". Congress sends that referral to DOJ all the time but there have been only 5 or 6 convictions in the last 40 to 50 years.  Willful intent must be proven.


Here's_to_Blue
Here's_to_Blue

@Caius  Congress knows that.  They're just trying to sabotage Hillary Clinton's chances at winning the presidency by keeping her name in the news associated with their so-called "investigations."

Eye wonder
Eye wonder

If only the Republican party had been a little less crazy, this election would be locked up tight. Alas, hatred of the black guy...

RafeHollister
RafeHollister

Looney times!  Ann Coulter now says Trump will be impeached by the GOP, if he makes the mistake of picking an amnesty loving establishment type in hock to the cheap labor donor class as VP. She says they will team with the Dems to get the establishment back in charge, and keep the cheap labor flowing and the Dems stocked with voters.  Crazy stupid idea, but in these times, ya never know.  


Nothing would surprise me in a year when you have a dishonest, crooked, serial liar and incompetent versus Lonesome Rhoades.  It is going to be interesting!

lvg
lvg

@RafeHollister Feel sorry for anyone who actually listens to what that hag says.

lvg
lvg

@RafeHollister @lvg Not reported here: During all the GOP BS questions of Comey, the chairman said he was making a referral to FBI of Hillary lying to members of Congress. Why now?

What is being referred? 
What are the possible consequences?


If Trump had half a brain he would be talking about that nonstop.

BuckeyeGa
BuckeyeGa

The fact he doesn't know basic information about the Congressman he attended the meeting with says a lot. 

pawcreekbob
pawcreekbob

Dear reader, remember if it appears in the Washington Post it most likely is not true as the Post is a Left wing Rag!

lvg
lvg

Kyle deserves a Pulitzer for today's column! 


Yesterday after it sunk in that Hillary will not be indicted and that a very popular president was campaigning for her, Trump appeared to acting psychotic at times in his rambling oratory and fight with a mosquito.Just compare his rambling free association speech with Hillary's and Obama's.

Of course having Newt grinning like he just got out of the psych ward in the background just added to the picture.

pawcreekbob
pawcreekbob

I will take rambling of The Donald then the lies that Crooked Hillary tells. It appears that everytime she opens her mouth it is a LIE!

lvg
lvg

@pawcreekbob Yeah especially when she talks about Trump's business failures and fraud of Trump University and fraud on investors and cheating suppliers -all lies! Never happened.

cookie
cookie

Kyle, ask Trump if he intends to accept the job of president if elected and if he will assure the electorate that he will serve the 4 year term.  Seems like a simple (and under normal circumstances unnecessary) questions to ask. 

TOJacket
TOJacket

Is there anyway they can have an election and nobody win?

anguslee
anguslee

Not bad Kyle, not at all.

AtlantanITP
AtlantanITP

The Clinton's are tricksters of sorts and knew last year that Trump the troll would be the ultimate foil to get the Hidabeast into 1600. Funny how it is all working to their favor....

Cobbian
Cobbian

Well, he IS running as a Republican.  A little hyperbole is expected.  Of course, he is supposed to save that hyperbole for the opposition - which mean the Democrats, not the Republicans.  But Trump is simply using the same tactics all around.  


He could win.  What would it be with Trump as president and in charge of, oh, the State Department or actually wielding the powers of the commander in chief.  That is the world the Republicans are building.  

Here's_to_Blue
Here's_to_Blue

God forbid that Trump should be elected, then resign.  That would mean his VP choice would become President.  What a disaster that would be!

Wascatlady
Wascatlady

Wouldn't it be great theater and poetic justice if Trump were to win but renounces, and Newt gets "this close" to his dream of being President?  And pitches a huge hissy fit?  Worse than riding in the back of Air Force One?

McGarnagle
McGarnagle

I can easily see Trump quitting because of being "treated unfairly" or whatever BS excuse he wants to give. Look at the republican debates.


I sure hope he does quit. Will only confirm the idiocy of the people who supported him.

cookie
cookie

I don't think he will take the job if elected.  I have believed from day one that his intent has been (as a joke at first) to destroy the Republican party.  He will have succeeded if elected.  Look for him to decline the job before nomination and brag that he spanked the Republicans but good. Such big time fun it was for him.  The ultimate high.

Kyle, do you or someone you know have the courage to ask him about this?

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

I've never viewed Trump as a serious candidate. Were he, he'd take the time to study up on policies and the implications therein. What works...what doesn't, and why.

One can only speculate whether it was his plan all along. 

It pains me to say this, but I believe he views his supporters as a cheap date. They require little of the man other than to feed their needs and/or anger.

Same could be said about dem candidates. They feed their supporters' imagined needs. If their voters can't imagine some, the dems will create some.

Finding oneself dependent on government manna only leaves 'ya hungry...wandering aimlessly about looking for sustenance OR substance. 

Caius
Caius

I have felt from day one of his candidacy that if by some chance he was elected he would never complete a four year term. Deep down Trump is a wimp.  And POTUS is not a job for wimps.

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

The Dump Trump folks remind me a bit of the brexit folks with buyers remorse.


Hillary is a very flawed candidate and should have been easy pickings.


But you got Trump at the top of the ticket. So she is heavily favored in what should have been a very tough race.


The GOP snatched defeat from the jaws of victory on this one.

Caius
Caius

@Hedley_Lammar Correct.  This should be a Reagan type landslide for the Republicans.  But once again they pick the wrong candidate.