He may have been joking, he may have been playing coy, or he may have been completely serious — you never know with Donald Trump — but the presumptive Republican nominee stated in a recent interview that he hasn’t ruled out quitting after he’s elected President, assuming he is.
“I’ll let you know how I feel about it after it happens,” he said when asked if he’d walk away from the Presidency after elected.
One would hope, in the unlikely scenario in which he is elected, that Donald Trump would do the decent thing and walk away, leaving either the Electoral College or the House of Representatives to choose his successor (depending on the timing of his departure), although if he walks away after he’s sworn in, it could mean a Newt Gingrich presidency, which might actually be worse than a Trump presidency.
The statement also adds fuel to the suggestion that Trump — who has no Earthly idea how to run a country — is far more interested in the competition than he is in ruling because, again, he has no idea how to run a country, and there’s relatively little money in it for him. Leaving, however, would allow him to boast that he’s the greatest marketing and PR whiz on the planet because he duped the American people into electing a man who won by stoking racist and xenophobic fears.
In the end, it could be an Andy Kaufman like job, which would actually be hilarious if the fate of the country weren’t at stake, which I suppose is exactly what would make it so funny.
Interestingly, the NYTimes did speak to some of the murmurings that have existed mostly outside of the mainstream press that Trump could quit before election day in order to avoid an inevitable, humiliating loss, which is a little less inevitable after it became abundantly clear that Hillary Clinton has been outright lying to us for the last year.
So, uh: I’m with Trevor Noah. Let’s cancel this year’s election.