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Donald Trump isn’t actually running for president

In an interview, Michael Cohen makes a good point that Donald Trump is not actually running for president. The whole interview is interesting.

Cohen points out that Trump had done exactly two things, he filled out a form saying that he is running for president, and he announced he was running on the “Truth Social” website. What he has not done is anything else, including hiring any campaign staff, or start having rallies. Remember that when Trump ran for president in 2016, he did it as a publicity stunt. He had no desire to win. He didn’t even write an acceptance speech.

Cohen thinks he is now doing this for the grift, so he can milk his base for even more money in “campaign contributions”. So there is no reason to spend any of that money on actually mounting a campaign.

UPDATE: Trump’s “MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT” yesterday seems to confirm this.



  1. Ray wrote:

    Mr. Cohen thinks TFG is being disingenuous?
    Oh, what has the Left done to poor Mr. Cohen to make him turn on TFG like that?

    Oh, what a world, what a world!

    /Sarcasm off

    Friday, December 16, 2022 at 9:25 am | Permalink
  2. Jeff wrote:

    Personally, I don’t who wouldn’t want to spend $99 for a collectible card that showcases our former president in a variety of totally plausible scenarios and scenes of unequaled heroism. I mean, he needs that money to run his 2020 election campaign.

    *Hands the sarcasm stick back to @Ray*

    Friday, December 16, 2022 at 12:08 pm | Permalink
  3. bruce.desertrat wrote:

    Honestly, I still contend that this was his plan in 2016, run, lose the election to Hillary, then ride the MAGA grievance grift to new riches. (pretty much exactly what he did do in 2020 until the certified geniuses with the “Guaranteed Coup Plans” they bought from ACME convinced him he could reverse the loss)

    I suspect no one was as surprised as he was when he won, and thus he winged it for the entire four years, because he didn’t have any plan for what to do when he won.

    Saturday, December 17, 2022 at 10:25 am | Permalink

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