I have a theory. It’s a bit far out, but it is not entirely implausible. So I thought I would put it “out there” to see if anyone could refute or confirm it. At the very least, it’s food for thought. It has to do with The Donald. I think he is sabotaging his own candidacy — on purpose. We know he didn’t really want to run for president; it was just a bit of a joke for him at the outset. Get a few delegates but, more importantly, get his name before the public and draw attention to himself, which we know he loves to do. This is the man who names everything he owns, even his helicopter, after himself.
My theory rests on the assumption that he is not as stupid as he appears. (No one can be as stupid as this man appears — except, perhaps, those who follow his lead blindly.) Given that assumption, and given the possibility that he knows pretty much what he is doing and why he is doing it, my theory isn’t that far-fetched. It may, in his mind, be simply a game he is playing, or an experiment to see how stupid those around him truly are. If that’s so, then he discovered — as did we all — that there are a great many more stupid, bigoted, angry people out there that any of us thought was the case, sad to say. However, I may be giving him far too much credit. The entire urge to scuttle his own campaign may well be unconscious.
In any event, his behavior of late is even more difficult to explain than it was a month ago. He is turning people against himself in increasing numbers, even Republican members of Congress and former Republican luminaries (and the V.F.W. and mothers of crying babies), as he expands the range of his hatred and fear of those who differ from himself. He seems to be aware that he is losing ground and he attributes that to the “fact” that the election is “rigged.” That is to say, he knows he is going to lose and is preparing himself and his mindless minions for the inevitable — perhaps to get them brooding about the “fix” that’s taking place as he loses ground on Hillary. It’s his way of maintaining control. Given the volatile nature of his followers I dare say he will go out with a bang.
But I take it one step further: I think he wants his campaign to be unsuccessful because the thought of being the president of the United States, with all that this implies, scares him to death. In spite of his huge ego, he has very little real confidence in himself. His behavior has all the earmarks of psychological compensation. That’s why he brags as he does and struts his bully self before the public, threatening to hit people and mimicking the infirm, belittling those who appear unfit in his eyes. He has created a public persona that appears larger than life while behind that facade hides a frightened little man.
That’s my theory. Take it or leave it. But think about it. The man is a living contradiction. Thus it is not far-fetched to think that he would want to undermine his own campaign. In the event he can look back (and write a book) in the conviction that he would have won if the campaign hadn’t been “rigged”(his invention) — and if he hadn’t sabotaged it himself. That is to say, ultimately, he’s the one in control.