Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Donald Trump demands our attention once again

By Richard K. Barry

Donald Trump won't be a candidate for anything when the truly important decisions are made by voters. Everyone knows that. He knows that. But some in the media report his comings and goings as if they are relevant to the political process.

So, here we go, the New Hampshire Union Leader reported yesterday that Trump is launching an "exploratory committee."

And what's more, the paper breathlessly reports:
Trump will not be renewing his contract with NBC for the reality television “Apprentice” series.

Combined with staff hires, Trump’s announcement that he will form an exploratory committee for the first time is a sign the billionaire is seriously considering running for the Republican nomination.

In truth, the only thing Trump is seriously considering is how to get his face in front of the maximum number of people as a way to increase the value of his personal brand.

There is no law against it, nor should there be. Still, at some level, it's sad that while many serious people are trying to express serious views about the future of the nation, we give this guy any oxygen at all.

And though there is obvious irony in me writing about him after writing that, I am certain that ignoring him does no good. Perhaps actively ridiculing him will help in some small way.

I don't know if this is true elsewhere in the world, but many Americans seem to think that anyone capable of making himself or herself a lot of money must know everything about everything and therefore would make a fine president. 

Odd thought.


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