Despite his narcissism, Donald Trump still has enough self-awareness to know he has no clue how to handle being the president of the United States, although he has fooled his followers into believing he does.
According to The New York Times, in May, Donald Trump Jr. contacted a senior adviser to Gov. John Kasich of Ohio, who had left the presidential race but not before asserting in March that Trump was “really not prepared to be president of the United States.” Donald Jr. asked the advisor if Kasich would consider being the most powerful vice president in history.
Asked to explain exactly what he meant by that, Trump Jr. gave an astonishing answer: Kasich as vice-president, would run domestic and foreign policy. Stunned by the answer, the advisor queried what was left for Trump to do as president.
Trump Jr. offered a profound and meaningful reply: that his father’s job would be “Making America great again.”
Given the fact that Trump’s answers on virtually any issue range from vacillating back and forth to being woefully and pitifully short on detail when he is asked point-blank about them, it’s not surprising that he would need someone to assume all the presidential duties that matter while he acts as a ceremonial monarch. This is, after all, the same man whose father told him he was a king.
It’s also unsurprising that his son would see nothing amiss with the question; he has long held surprising notions about his family’s claim to special status, claiming his mother Ivanka was an Olympic skier in 1972 although her country Czechosolvakia had no team. Donald Jr. has bragged, “I'm in the high percentile on the bell curve,” adding of his father that he was even greater: “That's what separates him from everyone I know.”
Stunned by the answer, the advisor queried what was left for Trump to do as president.
Trump himself has fantasies about being king, as the Los Angeles Times reported:
A few years later, when he appeared at an event at one of his Atlantic City casinos, an announcer bellowed, “Let's hear it for the king!” — and Trump burst through a large paper screen. When he visited the humble village of his Scottish ancestors he told his relatives that because of his TV show “The Apprentice,” he was American royalty. “If you get ratings, you're king, like me. I'm a king. If you don't get ratings, you're thrown off the air like a dog.”
All of Trump’s protestations that he is a leader are based on the fact that he knows what he is doing. But how much does he know if he was willing to hand over the reins of government to someone else?