The question shouldn’t be if Donald Trump will run to become our next president; it should be if his hair can survive the flight from New York to Myrtle Beach this weekend to provide a keynote speech during the fourth annual S.C. Tea Party Convention.
Never mind that it is odd to have a man with Trump’s background play an important role during an event titled “The American Dream: An Opportunity, Not An Entitlement.”
We saw this movie in 2012, when Trump pretended to possibly one day, kind of, sort of consider running for president while repeatedly claiming the current president wasn’t born in this country and repeating his tired “you’re fired” line before doing what we all knew he would, put his tail between his legs and run back to his reality show on NBC.
We know he wasn’t serious, or maybe we missed his coded message, which was screaming that he was gunning to become president of the hair club for men, not of the United States of America.
And for that reason, we know he isn’t serious this year, and even if he was, he’d be playing the role of court jester or motley fool, not top-tier Republican presidential candidate.
Sen. Ted Cruz, a candidate who likely will have to be reckoned with at least during the 2016 primary season, is scheduled to be in Myrtle Beach as well.
Rep. Jeff Duncan; South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson; Rick Santorum, a real 2012 candidate who gave Mitt Romney a run for his money; Dr. Ben Carson; Rep. Mike Mulvaney; Rep. Tom Rice and others are also expected to make appearances.
No matter how you feel about their politics and the rhetoric they use, it makes sense that they will might be highlighted.
But Trump? He couldn’t be further removed from what it means to be a South Carolinian, or tea partier.
Trump was born into a wealthy family, inheriting between $40 million to $200 million, according to “The Self-Made Myth: The Truth About How Government Helps Individuals and Businesses Succeed.”
“In 1990, due to excessive leveraging, The Trump Organization revealed that it was $5 billion in debt ($8.8 billion by some estimates), with $1 billion personally guaranteed by Trump himself,” the authors wrote. “The survival of the company was made possible only by a bailout pact agreed upon in August of that same year by some 70 banks, allowing Trump to defer on nearly $1 billion in debt, as well as to take out second and third mortgages on almost all of his properties. If it were not for the collective effort of all banks and parties involved in that 1990 deal, Trump’s business would have gone bankrupt and failed.”
They go on to detail how government agencies, such as the Securities and Exchange Commission, essentially bailed him out of messes of his own creation.
Forbes in 2011 explained why Trump could have companies file for bankruptcy at least four times and remain rich. That was before Trump Entertainment Resorts Inc. filed for bankruptcy last year while Trump bragged that he got out just in time from the company he founded.
Because of the way this country’s laws are written, Trump and others like him can make mistake after mistake, dump most or all of the debt and obligations onto others — like an estimated 1,000 workers in Atlantic City — walk away, get richer and claim success.
The average worker or homeowner, meanwhile, are hamstrung by those same laws.
There’s no reason to take anything Trump says about politics this weekend seriously. Listen to the other guys.
Maybe he’ll have great advice for Grand Strand residents, who year in and year out have among the lowest average wages in the country.
“If you want to be successful,” Trump should scream from the podium, “be born rich in a country that protects and even praises the irresponsible among the wealthy — like me!”