-- Donald Trump (R-Trump Towers), on the campaign trail
I have to admit, there's something utterly bizarre and whimsical about almost everything in this passage yesterday from Donald Trump's whiny rant.
First of all, there's complaining about all the attention on delegates. Well...yeah, that's how the system actually works. It's not a matter of "This is how the GOP set up the rules for its convention," as most of the commentary has been. It's that This is How ALL Presidential Party Conventions Have Been since they began. The concept of needing enough delegates, rather than votes, is not is surprise concept. Just as it's not a surprise concept that we don't even elect the President of the United States by direct vote, but rather the Electoral College. It's been this way for about 230 years. You can't have missed it, it was in all the papers. Yes, they talk about delegates. Because THAT'S how Republicans and Democrats select their nominee. They talk about delegates because they're the ONLY THING THAT MATTERS. And if Donald Trump hasn't figured that out -- which I do suspect he has -- he's in the wrong profession.
Second, there's Donald Trump referring to himself as a "non-politician." I understand that he hasn't been a politician for most of his career, but...well, y'know, he's running for President of the United States. He's the leading candidate for the Republican nomination. And he's leading GOP candidate specifically because he's got more delegates than any of his competitors. (Note: See paragraph above...). So, it might interest Donald Trump to know that, in fact, he actually is a politician.
And finally, I find it just sheer lunacy (in a way that would boggle even Lewis Carroll) for Donald Trump -- Donald freaking Trump -- to say, "The system is rigged, folks. It’s a rigged, disgusting dirty system. It’s a dirty system " Of all people perhaps in the United States, for Donald Trump -- the man who has probably used "The System," the dirty system, to his personal advantage more than most anyone alive, manipulating business deals, manipulating the press, manipulating the public, the broadcast media, the legal system with constant lawsuits he can afford in order to break people down, greasing the wheels through well-placed money and investments and "incentives," all from after starting out with a $200 million inheritance -- to complain about the dirty system and how unfair it is, is sort of like Queen Elizabeth complaining that England has a monarchy..
Yes, I know that this is only four, short sentences in a long, rambling, self-pitying rant, but four sentences is basically the limit that most sentient beings can take of Donald Trump at a time.
And this is the man who is leading the Republican Party for its nomination to be President of the United States. Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces. Leader of the free world. Head of the Republican Party