‘I have never met Donald Trump, and probably never will, but I have known him all my life. He was always part of the media landscape: the billionaire playboy, the scandals, Marla Maples, the bankruptcy, the comic grandiosity, the glamour – but ultimately, he seemed trivial. A rich man enjoying his riches. He didn’t have anything to do with me, or with the problems facing the nation and the free world that I was concerned about.
…In a wide-ranging 2004 interview in Playboy magazine, Trump demonstrates that his thinking has evolved a great deal since then: he calls John Kerry “a great guy…a very smart guy…highly underestimated.” But he also manifests the perceptiveness and acumen that has taken him this far, and that his detractors have never acknowledged. Of Iraq he says: “No way will there be a normal democratic government in that country, in my opinion. The same with Afghanistan. If anybody thinks Afghanistan will become a normal, wonderful democratic country where everybody walks in on a Tuesday and votes, it’s not going to happen.”
Indeed. And when asked if he thinks that Trump Tower and the other buildings that bear his name will still bear that name in 100 years, he answers: “No, I don’t think so…I don’t think any building will be here—and unless we have some very smart people ruling it, the world will not be the same place in a hundred years.
…The interviewer persists: “You categorically don’t want to be President?” Trump answers: “I don’t want to be President. I’m one hundred percent sure. I’d change my mind only if I saw this country continue to go down the tubes.”‘
Personally, I was always vaguely aware of Trump, and Vulgar Childish Buffoon would have summed it up. It’s why I initially – although only for the first month or so of the primaries – vehemently opposed his candidacy. I assumed it was a selfish publicity stunt, and I didn’t think we could afford one. Which just goes to show that sometimes, rarely, people can wildly exceed expectations, rather than catastrophically let you down which, obviously, is much more normal.
I can’t resist posting this: it cracks me up, although it only works if you’ve seen Futurama.