Donald Trump is a person with zero political experience currently running for the highest office in the land who managed to shoot up to the top of nationwide polls and stay there since he first announced his candidacy. His presidential campaign, never off brand, has only become more hostile against political incorrectness during this time, regularly landing Trump headlines, articles, but most importantly, publicity. That's all been a part of his master plan alleges a new report that says Trump's been planning his run for president, like a performance to rival anything Shia LaBeouf has done, for years. The media mogul doesn't actually believe all of the celebrated or eviscerated (depending on whom you ask) things he's been saying.
The report from Politico says the GOP actually asked him to run for New York Governor in 2013. Trump turned them down but allegedly brought up the plan to become president. "I'm going to walk away with it and win outright," Trump told the GOP members whom asked him to run. He even mapped out the event that would ensue more than two years later: "I'm going to get in and all the polls are going to go crazy. I'm going to suck all the oxygen out of the room. I know how to work the media in a way that that they will never take the lights off of me."
Trump's stronghold on the media started with, as Politico points out, his racist comments about Mexicans:
"When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best. They're not sending you. They're not sending you. They're sending people that have lots of problems, and they're bringing those problems with us. They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists. And some, I assume, are good people."
Politico's Eli Stokols and Ben Schreckinger write, "Trump didn't foresee the furor his Mexico comments would generate; it was a reaction that built slowly and broke into a fever pitch, but even if he didn't predict what exactly would kick off the media frenzy, he had planned all along to offer the media a candidacy it couldn’t resist covering."
Trump's greatest hits since then have included:
- Sexist comments against reporter and debate moderator Megyn Kelly.
- Social media endorsements (both on his personal account and in his campaign) of Neo Nazis.
- Making fun of a protester in a turban and a New York Times journalist with a disability.
- Joking about shooting a random person in the street and still not losing voters.
But the Politico report says everything has been carefully thought out and perhaps he doesn't believe any of the aforementioned atrocities as history has shown.
Trump reportedly got "cold feet" before announcing his candidacy of which he wasn't too sure how it would be received, making time to announce way ahead of The Apprentice should it fail.
And today that stunt is one step closer to being completed as Trump finds himself about to lock up the Iowa caucus.