A very telling quote from Donald Trump about why he ran for president

Trump, in an interview with Maggie Haberman of the New York Times for the book “Confidence Man: The Making of Donald Trump and the Breaking of America,” revealed the “why” behind his past and (likely) future bids. the highest office of the nation.

“The question I get asked more than any other question is, ‘If you had it to do over again, would you?'” Trump told Haberman. “The answer is, yes, I think so. Here’s the way I see it. I have so many rich friends and nobody knows who they are.”

OK So to be clear here – Trump says that if he had it all to do, he would run for president again because it made him more famous. A key motivation for running for president was to be popular, and it worked.

That’s an honest admission, even for Trump. I don’t know how to even try to find a more traditional answer, helping people or seeing the policies he believed in implemented and implemented. Just personal

Which, knowing what we know about Trump, probably shouldn’t be all that surprising. He is self-centered and spent much of his presidency running the government as if it were his private fiefdom. There were “my generals” and “my military men”. Expectations that the Department of Justice will go after his political enemies and do as he pleases.

(Sidebar: Trump, as president, regularly said how much it cost him to be president. “This thing is costing me a fortune, to be president,” he said at a 2019 rally in Pennsylvania. “It’s probably costing me 3 to 5,000 For the privilege of having a million dollars — and I couldn’t care less — I don’t care. You know, if you’re rich, it doesn’t matter. I want to do great work.” )

For Trump, the presidency was a means to a personal end: more famous, more marketable, a bigger deal.

That’s how Trump saw everything that happened to him in his life: an opportunity to get bigger, to get rich. Always more, more, more. “The show is Trump, and it’s sold-out shows everywhere,” he told Playboy magazine in 1990, in one of the most telling quotes of his life.

Early in his presidency, there was active debate over whether Trump would steer the presidential conventions or force the presidency to bend to his will. In retrospect, it’s clear that Trump did the latter, forcing his desire for fame and power into the White House for four years.

To think that anything would be different after the 2024 election if we got four more years in the job is silly.