I don’t think he is, actually. I’m aware of the argument and the evidence people pointe to for it, but in all honesty, I think Trump is running because HE wants to be President. I don’t think he’s a shill for Clinton. He’s run for President at least once before and I’m thinking possibly at least twice. I know I’ve read that he floated the idea something like 16 years ago.
I don’t think he’s really actually running some kind of con, but if he were, I’d say he was trying to simply destroy the Republican party. Sure, that helps Clinton, but only as a side effect. But I don’t think he’s doing that, either. I think he’s a narcissistic bastard. I don’t even think he wants to BE President, mind you. I think he just wants to win the election.
If I’m being honest, I have to say that Clinton scares me a little less than he does, but that ain’t saying much.
And based on what I read earlier, and how I’m looking at things now, I’m actually okay with this. Let him destroy the Republicans and leave Clinton the job of destroying the Democrats. Unfortunately, the diehard Bernie supporters don’t amount to much as a voting bloc on their own. But combine them with independents who don’t like either party, Trump’s angriest people, and the large (and growing!) number of people who are technically your average partisan Democrats but are unhappy with the status quo, mix that with the inevitable outrage in November, and maybe in four years when people finally have to accept the truth about Clinton and the Democratic party, we can finally be shit of them all.
I’m not happy with the prospect of more neoliberal apologetics for conservativism and Republicanism. If Clinton gets the message in November and surprises the hell out of us and turns out to be progressive, hey, great. But otherwise, I’ve been waiting my adult life to see a genuinely liberal movement in this country. If I have to wait another four years for Clinton to put the final nail in her own coffin, so be it.