King of the Know Nothings

Know Nothings

Yesterday, New York Times writers Maggie Haberman and Annie Karni sucked their thumbs at great length on the question, Does Trump Want to Fight for a Second Term? His Self-Sabotage Worries Aides: Advisers and allies say the president’s repeated acts of self-destruction have significantly damaged his re-election prospects, and yet he appears mostly unable, or unwilling, to curtail them.

It’s worth a read.

I do not wish to sound like a know-it-all, so please excuse me. But I know the answer to their question.

Trump wants to win reelection, but if and only if he can win by being King of the Know Nothings.

If reelection depends on being, or pretending to be, something other than King of the Know Nothings, then he would prefer to lose and then go on to monetize his role as King of the Know Nothings.

Many questions are hard. But this one, I think, is pretty easy.

What is interesting is whether his plutocratic supporters—who did not become plutocrats by regularly throwing good money after bad—will want to keep on propping him up as he keeps running toward the precipice.