On Monday, a former Trump strategist sent shockwaves through the internet when she revealed that she had left the campaign, and that Donald Trump had never intended to be president. In her open letter, published on xojane, Stephanie Cegielski revealed that she had been brought in to help The Donald rise to second place, challenge the political establishment, and prove that he could have run the White House.
Explaining that she joined the campaign as one of the “silent majority” who were “tired of the rhetoric in Washington,” Cegielski said that she “fell in love with the idea of the protest candidate who was not bought by corporations.” That, she revealed in her open letter, was all he was ever supposed to be.
But after The Donald’s meteoric rise to frontrunner status, she started to have doubts. Eventually, fearing what his candidacy would mean, she quit. She also penned the open letter in the hopes that her revelation – that Trump had never intended to win – would help to slow his success and wake his supporters up to his reality. It was all a charade, she explained. He was playing “a character” in order to win the game.
Now, key sources have confirmed that Cegielski’s revelations are only the tip of the iceberg. Donald Trump is playing a character – but that was the plan all along. Donald Trump wasn’t running to prove he could – he was running to prove a point.
“All we had to do was let Trump be Trump…”
“The Republican party couldn’t have set us up better if they tried,” a key member of Trump’s inner circle revealed this morning, “all we had to do was let Trump be Trump and play along.”
A businessman at heart, Trump’s concern was mostly economic. “Look at these clowns,” the source continued, “tying up the government for what – to try to prove that Democrats don’t know what they’re doing? To keep Obama from being successful? It was hurting the economy, and if Trump cares about anything, it’s his bottom line.” But despite efforts from peers like Warren Buffet, all attempts to discredit the Republican narrative of the dangers of Obamacare and investment in infrastructure failed to penetrate deeper than a handful of politicos on Capitol Hill.
That’s when The Donald decided the country needed a different approach. Someone bigger, better, with name recognition and without shame. Most importantly – someone who could pull it off.
“When he first brought me the idea, I thought he was crazy,” an aide, who wished to remain anonymous, explained. “Who would believe this brand new Trump? But he was smart, he was playing the long game.”
The charade started small, with a false start in 2012 and the advent of the “birther” controversy. By the time he was ready to take his character – the ultimate publicity stunt – public, he had built up enough credibility as a conservative to seem a legitimate, albeit unexpected, contender.
“We never dreamed it would go this far.”
“Donald, he saw it before we ever could,” his aide shared. “But the truth is – what started out as an attempt to reveal the danger of the Republican message has turned into something that seems dangerous on it’s own. I don’t know what his supporters will do when the truth comes out.”
I guess we’ll have to wait and see.
This post was published on April 1. 2016 as part of BOR’s annual observation of April Fools Day. Posts published on this date are satirical and in no way report actual events (except for how closely they resemble actual events).