There is a question on my mind that is something that can perhaps only be answered by Donald Trump when he writes his memoirs many years from now or by his closest confidantes and that is the following: When he decided to enter the race last June, did he really think he would do so well and get this far and throw the Republican party into chaos? Or did he just do it for the laughs, thinking that he would make a big splash initially by making outrageous statements and insulting others, grab some newspaper headlines, and then go back to his regular life when the effort fizzled?
If the second, at what point did he think, “Damn! I could really win this thing!”?
I know that Trump has a huge ego and that would argue for the first option but my feeling, based on no evidence whatsoever, is that the second is true, that he initially did not think he would get this far but that by the end of July when his polls numbers had shot up and stayed up, he realized that he had tapped into something that had been dormant.
Trump may act like a buffoon but he is not a fool and even he must have been surprised that people would lap up his incoherent, scattershot, xenophobic, message the way they have. Could his entire campaign have started out as an elaborate prank on the Republican party, the indulgence of a vain and wealthy man, that has ceased to be joke and turned into reality?
Anyone else want to engage in this mindless and totally useless speculation?