Speaking to CNBC’s Squawk Box on Thursday morning, Donald Trump was asked about whether his uncensored views on a variety of subjects, many of which have elicited criticism, were worthy of continuing. Trump’s answer indicated that unlike his devout supporters, no matter the outcome of the election, he would walk away happy. He stated, “At the end it's either going to work or I'm going to, you know, I'm going to have a very, very nice long vacation.”
It’s all well and good for Trump to comfort himself that his path to the nomination and the general election has been just another work project from which he can recover with a nice vacation, but it certainly gives the lie to any supposition that he stands for principles that would mean enough to him that a loss would mean more to him than one of the many bankruptcies he has undergone.
But the idea that running for president for Trump was ever based on his love of principles, rather than a simple exercise in self-aggrandizement, would be difficult to sustain. In late April, when the GOP nomination was not yet his, Trump stated he would not congratulate an opponent of his if he lost, saying, "I'm not sure you're ever going to see me there. I don't think I'm going to lose, but if I do, I don't think you're ever going to see me again, folks. I think I'll go to Turnberry and play golf or something."
Trump has already prepared the narrative for a prospective loss, complaining, "I'm afraid the election's gonna be rigged, I have to be honest.”
“At the end it's either going to work or I'm going to, you know, I'm going to have a very, very nice long vacation.”
As Trump has stated before, “Don’t forget, this is called the Republican Party. It’s not called the Conservative Party.” He’s not a conservative, and hewing to principles means nothing to him. Thus a loss for Trump is simply a personal matter; the thought that certain vital American principles might be destroyed because Hillary Clinton triumphed would be less disturbing to him than the blow to his personal vanity.
As Trump said when he denigrated the hero status of Sen. John McCain for being captured in Vietnam. "I don’t like losers.”