Explaining the Trump Candidacy?
To me one of the major questions of this campaign season is: why is Trump running? It is a question to which I wonder if we will ever have an adequate answer. On one level, for example, I can’t imagine Trump wanting to actually be the president. Further, I can’t decipher any policy motive for his run.
A lengthy piece in the NYT from yesterday posits a theory: Donald Trump’s Presidential Run Began in an Effort to Gain Stature:
In an interview on Friday, Mr. Trump acknowledged that he had encountered many who doubted or dismissed him as a political force before now. “I realized that unless I actually ran, I wouldn’t be taken seriously,” he said.
“A lot of people have laughed at me over the years,” he said in a speech days before the New Hampshire primary. “Now, they’re not laughing so much.”
I am not sure if the piece provides the answer to my question, but it does strike me as a valid theory.