What is Donald Trump’s Endgame?: Revisited

Los Angeles, CA (TFC) – Back in February, I wrote an article speculating about what Donald Trump was trying to achieve with his bid for the presidency. Given the strong social ties between the Trump and Clinton families, I concluded that Trump does not actually want to be president and that the likely reason for his candidacy was to help Hillary Clinton’s campaign. I argued that his campaign was a deliberate attempt to alienate the demographics that the Republican Party needs to win the general election. Since I wrote that article, Donald Trump has done just that and has become the GOP’s presumptive nominee. Hillary Clinton has also come close to winning the Democratic nomination. In light of these developments, it is worth revisiting my previous theory about Trump.

Since my previous article, Trump’s actions have largely conformed to the theory that I put forth. I argued that Trump would probably gain a following amongst the most extreme parts of the GOP and then leave the party, which would leave the Republicans divided and unable to contest the general election. However, Trump’s campaign has been unexpectedly successful and he has since become the frontrunner of his party. In this position, Trump has been able to sabotage the Republican Party. Trump has increasingly taken extreme “policy positions” and has, in the process, made him and the Republican Party very unpopular with important voter demographics. This has basically assured his defeat in the general election. His antics have also tarnished the reputations of many of the other Republican candidates and are threatening the reelection prospects of Republicans in the House and Senate. This has caused civil war within the party that has left them in disarray.

While this is convincing evidence for my theory, there are other developments that provide further support. First, additional potential ties between Trump and Clinton have been discovered. In the aftermath of the Panama Papers, it was revealed that Trump and Clinton both own shell corporations that are headquartered at the same address in Delaware. This development is evidence of financial ties between the two candidates. However, it should be noted that 285,000 firms, including several Fortune 500 corporations, also share this address and this connection between the two candidates could also be coincidental.

Image Source: Gage Skidmore, Flickr, Creative Commons Donald Trump  Donald Trump at CPAC 2011 in Washington, D.C.

Image Source: Gage Skidmore, Flickr, Creative Commons
Donald Trump
Donald Trump at CPAC 2011 in Washington, D.C.

In addition, Trump has been notably restrained in his criticisms of Hillary Clinton. If Trump was actually trying to win the presidency, then we would expect to see him launch a relentless tirade against Hillary Clinton. However, Trump’s attacks on Clinton have been weak and his latest attack, where he claimed that Hillary is playing the “woman’s card,” predictably failed in a spectacular fashion. This failed attack is rather strange for a person who has demonstrated an uncanny ability to damage the reputation of others. As a result, it would appear that Trump has only launched token attacks on Hillary.

So does this prove my previous theory? Well… not quite. While there is evidence for my theory, the events of the primary season have also provided good reasons for questioning it. Donald Trump, in response to attempts by other candidates to deny him the GOP nomination, has previously argued that the Republican primary system is fraudulent. However, in this same speech, he also argued that the Democratic primary is rigged. This reflects poorly on Hillary, who some have accused of trying to rig the Democratic primary. In addition, Trump has also urged Bernie Sanders to split off from the Democratic Party to launch an independent campaign. Since these statements reflect badly on Hillary, it is unlikely that Trump would have made them if his true intent were to help her electoral prospects.

There is a lot of circumstantial evidence that both supports and weakens my theory about Donald Trump. I strongly believe that my theory about Trump is entirely plausible. But I will admit that there are also good reasons for doubting it too. As a result, I leave it to you do examine the evidence and come to your own conclusion. However, regardless of Trump’s motives, his candidacy has caused serious damage to the country and the public must continue to reject his discriminatory platform.