"If I don't win, I will consider it a tremendous waste of time, energy, and money"—those were Trump's final words to the American people as voters headed to the polls.
In an interview with Fox and Friends, Trump apparently had no message of inspiration about carrying on any kind of political movement in the face of a loss in the presidential elections but claims that his campaign will have been nothing more than a "waste" if he loses.
This is a strange attitude to take for somebody who has enjoyed countless hours of media attention as he ran for one of the most powerful and influential political offices in the world. But Trump seems to look at the world in zero-sum terms and sees no merit to his platform outside of a win.
Vox reporter Dylan Matthews read 12 of Trump's published books and analyzed the GOP nominee's attitude about winners and losers. "He consistently views life as a succession of deals," Matthews says."The idea of collaborating for mutual benefit rarely arises. Life is deal-making, and deal-making is about crushing your enemies."
Trump has claimed that he is the only person who can "fix" America, using rhetoric that sounds dangerously self-aggrandizing and unpleasantly egotistical. Trump has even claimed that he should be appointed outright, like a king, and asks his supporters to put blind faith in him alone. "Do not let this opportunity slip away or be wasted," Trump told a crowd in Pennsylvania. "You will never ever have this chance again. Not going to happen again…You have one magnificent chance."
Despite his posturing, Trump has privately expressed apathetic feelings to his campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway. Conway confided to New York Magazine, "[Trump] said, 'I think we’ll win, and if not, that’s okay too.' And I said, 'It’s not okay! You can’t say that! Your dry-cleaning bill is like the annual salaries of the people who came to your rallies, and they believe in you.'"
If Trump supporters think that he is going to continue to be their champion if he loses, they may be in for a very rude awakening. At a Raleigh, N.C. rally, Trump stated "They may say good things about us as a movement. It won’t mean a damn thing."
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