On Thursday, presumptive nominee Donald Trump was asked by a New York Times reporter if he will actually serve as President of the United States if he ends up beating the odds and winning the election.
Trump’s Trumpian response: “I’ll let you know how I feel about it after it happens,” he said, apparently flashing a “mischievous smile.”
Here’s the excerpt 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.
If that doesn’t win over the Never Trump camp, I’m not sure what will…
Of course, just because Trump says something, doesn’t mean it’s actually true. Trump says lots of things he doesn’t mean for the sake of media attention; he’s a reality star for goodness sake, and an undeniable master of the media.
But why on God’s green earth would Trump say (or admit) something so attention-grabbing on Thursday, a day where FBI Director James Comey was grilled in a hearing concerning former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s criminality—that lady Trump is currently competing against for the White House?
For crying out loud, Trump tweeted out a photo of a display from the Disney movie Frozen on Wednesday night—one day after Comey gave a scathing public review of his opponent—in order to defend a week-old tweet that was perceived by some as anti-Semitic. The noise over the tweet was on its way out of the media cycle, so why breathe new life into it?
The point is, whether Trump actually doesn’t want to be the POTUS, as he joked about today, or he is simply incapable of sticking to a narrative to bash Hillary, it doesn’t help Trump win over weary Republicans, which is Trump’s biggest problem.