WASHINGTON (TIP): “In America, anybody can be president. That’s one of the risks you take,” joked American politician Adlai Stevenson, sometimes described as the greatest president US never had.
An already packed field of White House aspirants got even more crowded on Tuesday with real estate mogul Donald Trump, a perennial presidential hopeful, announcing that he too would run for President in 2016.
Trump will run as a Republican, becoming the 12th aspirant shooting for the party nomination, although his political affiliation is incidental. He represents wealth, extravaganza, and outsized hairdo and promises of turning America into manna. He has toyed with and threatened to run for president so often in the past, going back to 1987, that no one would take him seriously. But on Tuesday, he took the plunge from his lavish Trump Tower in New York’s Fifth Avenue.
“So, ladies and gentlemen, I am officially running for president of the US, and we are going to make our country great again,” he told a gathering in a rambling speech that meandered from the threat from China to job creation in the US to the Iraq War.
He said his Republican opponents, including Jeb Bush, don’t have a clue about running the country (although most of his opponents have been governors and senators), while suggesting his wealth, and the way he had gotten rich (by beating China all the time), made him fit to lead the country. “Our country is in serious trouble. We don’t have victories anymore,” said the man who is called The Donald and is lately better known as Reality Show host.
Trump is polling about last in the GOP presidential hopefuls list but that was before he formally declared his candidature. His $9 billion fortune could help bump him up to within the top 10, which will allow him to come on stage for a debate among Republicans. From then on, all bets are off in a country that after all elected a freshman African-American Senator as President.