Donald Trump has never seriously wanted to win the presidency. He didn’t want to win because that would require that he go to work every day for four years and deal with politicians he can’t buy or con.
Okay, let me rephrase that. Trump would probably like to BE president, but he doesn’t want the job. He never wanted the job because he hates asking people for money unless it’s for his own pockets or he gets paid to ask.
This is why, two weeks before the election, Trump has scheduled zero high-dollar fundraising events.
Steven Mnuchin, Trump’s national finance chairman, said in an interview with The Washington Post on Tuesday that Trump Victory, a joint fundraising committee between the party and the campaign, held its last formal fundraiser on Oct. 19. The luncheon was in Las Vegas on the day of the final presidential debate.
“We’ve kind of wound down,” Mnuchin said, referring to formal fundraisers. “But the online fundraising continues to be strong.”
The RNC keeps 20 percent of Trump’s haul, under the joint fundraising agreement. Trump doesn’t need the cash because he doesn’t want to win, and he doesn’t care if close down ballot races need it. He’s moved on to other things, like his nightly 6:30 pm “newscast.”
Trump has also thrown away his appearance schedule. He’s in North Carolina, then Ohio, then New Hampshire. Clinton’s ahead by 8 points in New Hampshire. Trump is holding on to a tiny lead in Ohio, but without North Carolina, it’s fairly useless.
Today, Trump is in Washington D.C. cutting the ribbon on his newest Trump International Hotel. Then he’s flying to North Carolina for a couple of events there–in Charlotte (Mecklenburg County), which he will certainly lose, and Lenoir County, population 59,495, which he will likely win but won’t help him win the state.
But who cares about the polls? Trump has spent more money on “Make America Great Again” ball caps than internal polling.
According to Federal Election Commission filings flagged by the Washington Post, Donald Trump’s presidential campaign spent $1.8 million on internal polling between June 2015 and September, compared to the $3.2 million it spent on the businessman’s signature “Make America Great Again” hats.
Trump is more comfortable hawking merchandise to starry-eyed cult followers than determining how the race actually looks. Because he doesn’t care how the race actually looks. His campaign is one big cash flow source to his hotels (where he stays), his charter air service (that he flies), and all the amenities that Trump-owned or -interested companies provide.
He “campaigns” and gets paid to do it. When it’s over, Trump will move to the next swindle, which is almost certainly a media property.
It’s harder and harder to keep up the charade of actual campaigning this close to election day when the polls are showing an almost certain loss to his friend–to whose past campaigns he gave–Hillary Clinton.
His cult followers hear what they want to hear, so Trump keeps telling them he’s going to win, citing non-existent or unscientific polls.
All these profiles of Trump say he doesn’t know how to quit. He knows exactly how to quit. He just packs up and moves on, without acknowledging defeat. When the GOP handed him the nomination, Trump was already planning his exit. He was never serious, and this is just more evidence.