Election 2016

Junior Says the Presidency is a “Step Down”

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

There's an air of concession in what Donald Trump Jr. had to say after last night's debate.

While Trump Jr. believes his father won last night's debate, he believes the presidency would be a "step down" anyway.

Moving into the White House would be a "step down" for his father, Donald Trump Jr. told a Fox News reporter after the third presidential debate Wednesday. [...]

"Unlike Hillary Clinton, who's gotten very rich being a politician, peddling American influence, he hasn't. This is only a step down. But he wants to make sure that all Americans, all ethnicities and backgrounds, have the same opportunity to do what he's been able to do: To start a great family, to start a great business."

There's no doubt in my mind that Trump and his family do believe the White House would be a significant step down from their gold-trimmed penthouses.

This was never about governing, public policy or public service; it's about ego and vanity. The presidency is just one more item on the Trump bucket list.

My favorite conspiracy theory of this election cycle is the one about Bill Clinton nudging Trump to run.

  • katanahamon

    I haven’t heard Trump Sr say anything positive..just negatives. That fits with the repubs..exclusionary. His son apparently has to toe the line, although at this rate, he might only inherit debt.

  • mnpollio

    “But he wants to make sure that all Americans, all ethnicities and
    backgrounds, have the same opportunity to do what he’s been able to do”

    And what opportunity, pray tell, is that exactly? Trump is not a self made man – he inherited the bulk of his fortune from someone else. That would be a tad difficult for everyone else to accomplish unless they already have a billionaire in the family. Perhaps he means becoming a complete failure at business? Not sure that is a goal anyone sets out to achieve. Maybe he means perfecting the art of being a sexual predator? Or a scam artist? Again, not really something anyone wants to achieve.

    And “great family” is a stretch of surreal proportions. If there is anything we have learned for a fact about the Trump brood in this election, it is that each of them has has apparently inherited their father’s lack of ethics, all-around duplicity and contempt for all others. And I include his current (and no doubt soon-to-be former) trophy wife Melania, who certainly earned her ethically challenged stripes for the Donald with her “boys will be boys” lockerroom defense debacle.

  • swift_4

    Donald, I’m ready for my opportunity. First, loan me a million dollars. Then I’ll need many more millions to back me up when I fail repeatedly. And if you give me money in some illegal fashion, that’s ok too. Then, someday, if I stiff enough workers and declare bankruptcy enough times, I can be as successful as you.

  • Draxiar

    Oh I see…he’s justifying LOSING and not having so much winning. This is the political equivalent to a jilted lovers saying “He/she wasn’t that great in bed anyway.”

  • muselet

    Well, then it’s a good thing Donald Trump won’t have to lower himself to move into the White House.



  • This statement that it would be a step down royally pisses me off. I mean, to be elected President and to live in the White House is one of the most amazing privileges any American can experience. A privilege which this selfish, ignorant, stupid and soulless Orangutan and his family of “Batemans” can neither appreciate nor deserve. Please, by all means, stay in your golden palace(s) made with cheap Chinese steel, cleaned and maintained by hard working true Blue collar Americans and immigrants who despise you with every fiber of their being and rot away out of sight and mind, you wretched piece of trumped up shite. Jesus Christ I can’t stand these f*ckers any more. Seriously, where the hell are my ruby slippers so I can get to Nov 9th faster.

  • Aynwrong

    I’ll treat this a Trump correcting headline on CNN.

    To start a great family (He didn’t) to start a great business (He didn’t) .