Now, it’s a show.
With the sort of fanfare, bluster and over-the-top rhetoric only a fellow with a Gotham skyscraper-sized ego can muster, Donald Trump formally entered the presidential race Tuesday, for the Republican nomination.
Some candidates call a press conference in the humble neighborhoods of their beginnings, trying to conjure visions of Abe Lincoln’s log cabin. Trump came down the golden escalator at Trump Tower in Manhattan.
Some candidates introduce themselves by tracing their own successful pursuit of the American Dream. Trump, who inherited a multimillion-dollar real estate empire from his father, pronounced the American dream “dead.”
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Some candidates call for unity, selling themselves as people who can bring the country together. Trump blasted President Obama and even criticized Secretary of State John Kerry (a long-time U.S. senator and Vietnam war hero) for riding a bicycle, which led to a Kerry mishap and broken leg.
Obamacare, something even Republican lawmakers are no longer attacking because of its success, Trump declared a failure. He’s going to build an inexpensive wall between the United States and Mexico to help stem illegal immigration, he said, and he’s going to charge Mexico for it. ISIS? They’d better be on the run, yessiree.
This is the guy who questioned President Obama’s well-documented birth in Hawaii longer than other vociferous critics, but now claims his own fortune is $9 billion, double what Forbes and other credible publications estimate.
The Donald, as his first ex-wife dubbed him, has some challenges ahead. For one, he’s had a rather colorful private life that may not play well with more conservative Republicans. Although Franklin Graham, son of the Rev. Billy Graham and one who fancies himself a national religious leader, once spoke highly of Trump.
Trump also may find close scrutiny coming of his finances, which he may not like. And presidential candidates have to go into the gritty neighborhoods and cornfields and factories across America.
Some of them don’t even have escalators.