Last night on The O’Reilly Factor Bernard Goldberg recalled a conversation he had had several years ago with his friend Donald Trump.
Goldberg asked Trump a simple question: Why do you brag so much?
To which Donald replied: If it’s true, it’s not bragging.
Goldberg was shocked. As he explained last night, truly successful people never brag.
He was right for two reasons:
First, successful people let their work speak for them. If you have to brag about it, then the work is probably not quite up to par.
Second, when you put yourself out there as a braggart, people will not be looking for ways to work with you. They will be trying to knock you down to size. No one likes a phony.
Goldberg and O’Reilly noted that Trump is a marketer. He keeps saying that his hotels are the greatest and that his apartments are the greatest and that his golf courses are the greatest… because it helps him to sell them.
And yet, O’Reilly noted, when Trump was on The Factor, he did not have a very good response to a question of how he was, as he has famously bragged, going to force the Mexican government to pay for the wall he was going to construct along the Southern border. The best Trump could do was to exclaim that we do a lot of business with Mexico, which implied that he was going to bully them into it.
It isn't plausible, but Trump probably believes. As a braggart who does not know he is bragging, Trump does not and cannot let reality get in the way of his ego.
As for the larger question: What makes Donald run?, this morning we got the answer: Bill Clinton.
People who are all hype and no substance—as far as political achievements are concerned, that describes Trump aptly—are more easily manipulated. Trump’s macho persona, the one that has gotten so many Republicans drooling, is a sign of weakness. The question was: who was pulling the strings? It turns out that Trump was wound up by that master manipulator and seducer: Bill Clinton.
Apparently, Clinton skillfully fed Trump’s ego, to the point where he convinced the impresario to take a serious run at the White House.
As things are going now, its Hillary’s best chance to win the election. Now we know: Donald Trump is a Trojan horse, looking like a gift, but poised to cause severe damage to the Republican party.
[Addendum: Writing in National Review Kevin Williamson has put the Trump phenomenon in perspective. In the following text, he debunks the notion that Trump is the greatest. This suggests that Trump's bragging is distorting the truth. But, you suspected that: