The real estate mogul and TV reality star launched his presidential campaign Tuesday, ending more than two decades of persistent flirtation with the idea of running for the Oval Office.
“So, ladies and gentlemen, I am officially running for president of the United States, and we are going to make our country great again,” Trump told the crowd, in a lengthy and meandering speech that hit on his signature issues like currency manipulation from China and job creation, as well as taking shots at the president and his competitors on the Republican side.
“Sadly the American dream is dead,” Trump said at the end of his speech, promising to bring it back to life with his run.
Just over four years after he came closer than ever to launching a campaign before bowing out, Trump made his announcement at the lavish Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue in New York, laying out a vision to match his incoming campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again.”
You’re laughing, I know, but Trump is serious. Since early this year, we’ve been hearing rumors of Trump picking up legitimate political staffers with experience running primary campaigns, particularly with an eye to early primaries in Iowa and New Hampshire. He even picked up the guy who helped Rick Santorum make good on his early primary surge in 2012. And while Trump rounds out a “dirty dozen” of GOP primary contenders, he’s currently tied for tenth place, which puts him in the running to take the stage in the debates.
Honestly, I would welcome Trump in the debates. He would at least punctuate the endless rambling over domestic policy with angled pronouncements. And he’s not nearly as ridiculous an addition as, say, George Pataki. It’s time these debates become about entertainment value, anyway. If we can’t have a Japanese-style game show where the GOP hopefuls take disgusting dares and dress up in fuzzy animals suits to complete ludicrious physical challenges, at least we can have a little Trump.