Thursday, 01 Dec 2022

Troublemaker Trump doesnt care about a second term or America. What he craves is attention | Simon Tisdall

Troublemaker Trump doesnt care about a second term or America. What he craves is attention | Simon Tisdall


Troublemaker Trump doesnt care about a second term  or America. What he craves is attention | Simon Tisdall

For a man dismissed as a sad, bad loser who "rages at the dying of the right" while the world - and the Republicans - leave him behind, Donald Trump attracts a lot of attention. And that's the whole point of his latest presidential bid.

It's not even certain that Trump really wants the gig. No former president has recaptured the White House for a second, non-consecutive term since the Democrat Grover Cleveland in 1893. It would take some doing. Is his heart really in it?

Fact is, Trump, now 76, is work-shy and lazy. As president he didn't pay attention to briefings or do his homework. He preferred to play golf. His constant skiving, off-the-cuff decision-making and Oval office tantrums proved he wasn't fit for the job.

Yet by launching his re-election campaign so far in advance, Trump has embarked on a marathon. It's not principles or idealism that will sustain him. It's not shop-worn cliches about America made "great and glorious again".

The truth is more mundane. Trump, high-handed braggart-in-chief and low-life star of multiple criminal and civil investigations, just cannot bear to be ignored. He cannot stand the thought of someone else winning. And he badly wants to avoid jail.

Last week's long-winded, fib-filled announcement of his 2024 candidacy was a reminder of Trump's ability to fascinate even as he appals. Half-a-dozen New York Times columnists immediately felt compelled to register their lack of interest, at considerable length.

[Fox News's once slavish pundits, who have reportedly dropped him on Rupert Murdoch's orders, visibly struggled on air to break their Trump fixation-addiction. They watched his speech from his Mar-a-Lago swamp the way rats watch a snake.

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