John Oliver, who is still filling in as host of the Daily Show in Jon Stewart's absence (and doing a bang-up job), begged Donald Trump to make good on the speculation and run for President in 2016.
"You might think that the clown car is full," said Oliver, talking about the 2016 pool of candidates, "but that's the thing about clown cars."
After running through potential candidates like Ted Cruz and Rick Santorum, Oliver cuts to a clip of a news anchor stating that, “Donald Trump confirmed to the National Review that he is again considering a run in 2016.”
"Do it," says Oliver. "I will personally write you a campaign check now on behalf of this country, which does not want you to be president, but which badly wants you to run."
Now would be a good time to introduce the Inverse Law of Presidential Run Speculation: the more legitimate the speculation is about someone running for President, the more likely they are to deny it. It’s not universal, but look at the clips of Rick Santorum and Ted Cruz, and how they effectively say “I can’t predict the future, I’m not thinking about it, that’s a long way from now.” Trump: Oh yeah, definitely thinking about it. He might actually look into it, but any reasonable advisor will tell the Donald that he has no chance of being President. Also, running for President is messy. You have to talk to lots of small groups of grizzled Iowans about farm policy in the coldest months of the year. If you don’t know what the hell you’re talking about, people tend to find that out eventually.
Having people think you might run for president? Way better. Lots of attention, it’s great for your personal brand, it gets you on TV, it helps you sell books (before Newt Gingrich finally ran in 2012, he fake ran at every opportunity and sold a lot of books).
So, in case anyone is curious, I might be travelling to New Hampshire later this month. Read into that what you will. I am available for interviews and lucrative sponsorships.