One of the weirdest things about the ongoing commedia dell’arte performance that is the Donald Trump campaign for president, is that he’s spent all of his time in recent weeks indulging in conspiratorial nonsense instead of working on an affirmative case for his presidency or a “Trump vision for America.” The best that any of has to go on is that he will make people “respect” us again and he will swindle world dictators on tent leases.
By putting forth no ideas for the political media to talk about and insisting on promulgating long-debunked conspiracy theories, Trump is all but goading the press to engage in the most painful vetting process imaginable. What if it turns out, say, that he didn’t actually send investigators to Hawaii, as he claimed? What if someone wants a specific answer to the question of where he keeps all the Bibles he says are sent to him, beyond “at a certain place“? And what happens when reporters start doing in-depth examinations of his financials?
Actually, as it turns out, Trump claims he’s pumped for that part of the vetting process.