In the past, Donald Trump has held several liberal political positions — on abortion rights, raising taxes on the rich, and universal health care:
[H]e was once a registered Democrat who called for legalizing drugs, a massive one-time 14.25 percent tax on the wealthy and staying out of wars that didn’t present a “direct threat” to the U.S. In many ways, he’s been to the left of Clinton and even Bernie Sanders on some issues.
So Vox.com’s Jonathan Allen suggests that The Donald might be trolling the GOP this primary campaign season.
I don’t know if I buy it. But it’s certainly a delicious explanation for Twitter volleys such as this one, aimed at Rick Perry the other day:
.@GovernorPerry failed on the border. He should be forced to take an IQ test before being allowed to enter the GOP debate.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 16, 2015
The late, great Texas political humorist Molly Ivins also considered Perry “not the sharpest knife in the drawer.” And christened him “Governor Goodhair” for that healthy, well-behaved shock positioned just to the north of his thick-rimmed hipster glasses.
Credit Perry’s genetics, I suppose. ‘Cuz fine heads of hair can’t be bought — just ask Trump.
But back to the Art of the Troll: the thought has occurred to me that Trump might be pulling a Ross Perot. It was always rumored that Perot was more interested in removing H.W. Bush from office than in defeating Bill Clinton in 1992.
Perhaps Trump fancies himself the “jam car” of 2016:
And just as with Ross Perot, the mark could be a Bush (Jeb!), and the benefactor a Clinton.
Which is all fine and dandy if you like your elections served with plenty of unintended humor. (And I do, indeed.)
But is the risk — however slight — of Trump somehow finding his way into the White House worth such a fleeting reward?