BY JOHN K. WILSON
Here’s an important point to remember this Halloween: Trump is a narcissistic con man dressed up as a presidential candidate, as I reveal in my book Trump Unveiled: Exposing the Bigoted Billionaire. It’s the scariest costume anyone will ever wear. Inside, he’s as hollow as a Trump piñata that my cats Sunspot and Quark have enough sense to distrust.
Trump has always worn disguises. In 1991, he called People magazine pretending to be his own PR flack named “John Miller” in order to spread false stories about all of the celebrities he slept with. In 2016, Trump was still engaged in the deception, loudly denying that he had done it, despite an audio recording and his admission at the time.
Trump won the nomination by pretending to be a Republican. In considering a presidential run in 1999, Trump was adamantly pro-choice and supported the largest tax on the rich in human history, a 14% wealth tax so radical that Bernie Sanders has never suggested it. This year, Trump called for jailing women who have abortions and giving the rich the largest tax cut in human history. Trump believes in nothing except Trump.
Now, Trump is trying to win by wearing the disguise of a populist. He has put on the costume of an anti-war protester and pretended to be a leader of the fight against the war in Iraq. In reality, Trump supported the war and never criticized it publicly until long after it began and went badly. In fact, Trump consistently supported invading Iraq and overthrowing Saddam Hussein from 1991 to 2003, putting him to the right of Dick Cheney.
Trump has disguised himself as a great businessman for years, even after multiple bankruptcies and a $916 million tax loss revealed the truth. He pretended to be an educational leader running Trump University, a delusional business that ended up as a massive scam. But years of acting on The Apprentice and a red power tie provide the perfect costume.
Trump is the least qualified person ever to run for president for a major party. He lacks the experience, the knowledge, the character, the temperament, the attention span, and the abilities to begin doing the job. It’s like electing Kim Kardashian for president, if she were a bigoted idiot with terrible business sense and worse public policy proposals.
It can be disheartening to watch the current campaign and see 40% or more of the American electorate voting for an ignorant scumbag. How can we teach people to see the difference between fact and fantasy, to understand when a con man is trying to frighten them into a bad decision?
I can hope that one day the Trump candidacy will be remembered as a scary story to tell children about the day when America came close to installing a bigoted buffoon as the most powerful person on the planet.