Jack Ohman

Imagining President Trump. Seriously

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump: Can you see him as president?
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump: Can you see him as president? AP

In the catastrophe that is the Republican 2016 presidential race, a theme is emerging: Donald Trump could win the nomination.

Until recently, the chattering class and GOP establishment bet Trump would not be the nominee. Now, they’re not so sure.

Trump has been ahead in the polls for more than 100 days. He seems to face no consequences from his rants, and someone similarly clueless, Dr. Ben Carson, is a close second. About 50 percent, give or take, of Republican voters seem to have taken leave of our plane of reality, without a parachute.

For fun, what would happen if Trump became the nominee and president?

On March 16, 2016, at the conclusion of Super Tuesday’s primaries, when it becomes clear that Trump will be the nominee, what would the GOP money guys, Jeb Bush, John Kasich and the other few remaining adults say?

Would Bush support the GOP nominee? Would his brother, the 43rd president of the United States, or 41? Nope. Would Vice President Dick Cheney, a master of insider governmental politics? Sen. John McCain, after Trump belittled his time as a POW? Carly Fiorina. Period? Anyone? Bueller?

Do you think Jeb Bush, a serious and thoughtful man, would get up and say, “Gee, I was wrong about Don Trump thinking my wife was influencing me on immigration because she’s Mexican, and I am prepared to throw everything I believe out the window?”

I do not.

Do you envision Sen. Lindsey Graham, another serious man, saying, “Donald Trump should be in charge of America’s nuclear arsenal?” Or that Sen. Marco Rubio would forget that Trump mailed him a case of bottled water and made fun of his sweating? Would they endorse him?

Nope.

Who would run as Trump’s vice president? Jesse Ventura, another delusional media fave? A Kardashian? Charlie Sheen #winning2016? Dr. Carson? No serious person with any future aspirations would touch it.

Let’s say American voters take leave of their senses and elect this man as their president.

Being president of the United States is not equivalent to being a talk show host. The job calls for someone who could, if called upon, manage a missile crisis, or a confrontation with a clinical narcissist such as Russian President Vladimir Putin or the bloated manchild North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. These are people who probably aren’t susceptible to juvenile berating.

The Iran deal? Blow it up. See what happens. Mexico? Build a wall. China? They buy his condos, they love him, and he will beat them with a baseball bat. That’ll work.

On a debate stage with Hillary Clinton, Trump will be asked a question about how he would handle someplace he hasn’t read about in Entertainment Weekly, like Ukraine. Could he answer? Does he know what Article I is in the U.S. Constitution? How about the 14th Amendment?

Let’s say American voters take leave of their senses and elect this man as their president. Let’s say Putin moves into, say, Poland and the Czech Republic. Would you, the dear people who are thinking about voting for Trump, truly want him to be commander in chief? It’ll be huge.

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