During his 2000 campaign for the presidency, his second wife, Marla Maples, called him an “ego-driven attention addict unfit to run for president.” But this is unfair. America was built on unfettered ego, and there are clear advantages to self-delusion. We need a president who just never gets down in the dumps, who always can blithely misrepresent misfortune as heaven’s boon and knows how to find a silver lining in any imploding balance sheet. Timothy O’Brien’s biography paints a portrait of Trump suffused in Reaganesque hues. But for Trump, every day isn’t just “morning in America” — it’s morning in America on a private jet with a hot babe bringing you a mimosa while you fly to Palm Beach for the unveiling of a statue of yourself. Trump is one upbeat mofo. O’Brien writes that his family followed “the power-of-positive thinking teachings of the Reverend Norman Vincent Peale,” and it shows. As president, Trump wouldn’t always be bringing us down by harping on rising healthcare costs or unmanageable deficits or the failure of our schools. He’d just redefine it all as a massive party, and we’d feel much better. It worked for Reagan, and Trump is nothing if not a creation of the go-go ’80s.
I can’t put it better than the producer of “The Apprentice,” Mark Burnett (who also created “Survivor”): “[Donald Trump] is a brilliant businessman that stands for what is great about our country, what makes America the best country in the world.”
Exactly. We need him.