Donald Trump has taught us that campaigns now must be filled with insults, anger, a casual relationship with facts and willingness to take positions that are counter to the views of the party whose presidential nomination you seek. He has, without a doubt, rewritten the rules when it comes to presidential campaigns and candidates. Assuming Trump wins, let’s cast our eyes to the presidential election of 2020 and find the next political superstar.
Who could be a successful challenger in 2020? First, they should be a star from an industry other than politics and have a history of saying crazy things. Additionally, it is important that this candidate also have an ego bigger than the national debt.
Let’s take a look at some of the potential candidates:
Kanye West- In 2015, Mr. West announced his intention to seek the presidency in the 2020 election. He’s a successful artist who is not afraid to speak his mind— Taylor Swift will attest to this— even when it is not politically correct. Mr. West, who recently announced he is $53 million in debt, would be able to frame his campaign as a populist one. He knows what it is like to be in debt as the result of necessary expenditures such as college and investing $30 million in a clothing company. He too can attack George Bush and not suffer any career ending blowback. Kanye also has a knack for peddling conspiracy theories, such as the time he said that the United States government was responsible for AIDS and designed it to decimate the African American community.
Kim Kardashian- Sure, Ms. Kardashian is married to Kanye West and might think twice about challenging her husband, but America needs a candidate that can “break the Internet” and has a knack for business. Lest we forget, Kardashian knows how to get our economy going again, as she has successfully made over $100 million with her app. She also has great insight into politicians, saying of President Obama, “I had dinner with Obama once, and he just seemed very firm about the change, and that’s, like, his motto.” Deep and profound.
Jenny McCarthy- The original celebrity conspiracy theorist has a long history of baring all to the public. McCarthy became the spokesperson of the anti-vaccine movement when she pushed the falsehood that vaccines cause Autism— sadly, no vaccine for stupid has ever been developed. Despite overwhelming evidence that vaccines do not cause Autism, she had the resolve to keep fighting the fight. This clearly demonstrates that no matter what, McCarthy fights for what she believes in, even if what she believes happens to be completely false. Facts be damned, we elect leaders to ignore reality and govern from their gut!
Wayne Brady- This showman hosts the latest incarnation of Let’s Make a Deal. According to the Trump, being able to make deals means that you will be the best president ever.
All four of these candidates have something to offer the United States of America in 2020. They can and will give Americans the leadership and entertainment that it so clearly needs right now. Their plans to fix entitlement programs, lower the national debt, keep America safe and bring about equality for all are just the best that will ever be. Yet, we forget that we need not wait until 2020 to have the qualities and leadership these four provide.
In fact, in 2016 we already have a candidate who has all of the qualities of these four great Americans: Trump.
Now, America has the ability to elect a dealmaking reality star and controversial conspiracy peddler the 45th president of the United States. This man is and always has been in touch with the people, from growing up a millionaire to becoming a billionaire and the greatest businessman of all time or something.
Heck, Trump knows about losing to China as well. After all, China is the United States’ biggest creditor and they can cripple us economically at any moment by demanding we pay them what we owe. Trump is rumored to face the same problems with creditors as the United States does China. This clearly qualifies him for being president of the United States.
Many things have been written about why Trump is in no way qualified or suited to be president (just like Brady, West, McCarthy and Kardashian). More will be written, yet none of it seems to hurt Trump. In fact criticism only seems to make him stronger with his supporters. So, let’s try a different tact when it comes to pointing out Trump’s problems. Let’s respond to every promise of Trump and his campaign by asking a simple question, “How specifically will Trump accomplish this?”
The silence will be deafening.
Evan Siegfried, a Republican strategist and columnist, is president of Somm Consulting. You can follow him on Twitter at @evansiegfried