Apparently the only people taking Clownface seriously are the media interested in mucking up the GOP primaries and his insane online following. It’s just a matter of when, not if he’ll crash and burn.
‘It WON’T be Donald Trump.”
That was the near-unanimous view of some of the nation’s wealthiest and most influential Republicans Saturday night as they gathered for a political briefing at billionaire Wilbur Ross’ Southampton estate with national GOP Chairman Reince Priebus.
Trump’s rise as the front-running GOP candidate for president was expected to dominate talk at the gathering of about 60 Republican bigwigs and high rollers, including builder/developer Earl Mack, Gristedes owner and biofuels magnate John Catsimatidis, the Tiger Fund’s Julian Robertson, former Mayor Rudy Giuliani and state GOP Chairman Ed Cox.
But it became clear early on that that wasn’t going to be the case because so many of those at the event see Trump as a fatally flawed candidate, much as they’ve seen him as a flawed and often off-putting businessman over the past three decades, a source who was present told The Post.
“These are people who know Trump well, people who have known Trump for years as part of the social and financial fabric of the city,” the source said.
“They’ve worked with him, they’ve dealt with him, and they know that, ultimately, he is going to crash and burn.
“They see Trump as kind of the city slicker who is out there conning the ‘rubes,’ whom he calls ‘the people.’
“But the expectation is that the popularity he’s developed will start to change as people really come to understand Trump’s past, his corporate bankruptcies, his three wives, his changed positions on abortion rights, legalizing drugs, high taxes, banning assault weapons.
“That’s why so many people at the event just aren’t taking Trump all that seriously.
Meanwhile, he called for a massive tax increase Sunday.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump took a break from talking about unauthorized immigrants on Sunday to say that he would change the tax code to force people who work at hedge funds to pay more in taxes. “The hedge fund guys are getting away with murder,” he told CBS News on Sunday. The real estate mogul said that if he were president he would change the tax code to force those who work for hedge funds to pay more.
“The hedge fund guys didn’t build this country. These are guys that shift paper around and they get lucky,” Trump said. “They are energetic. They are very smart. But a lot of them—they are paper-pushers. They make a fortune. They pay no tax. It’s ridiculous, ok?”
They pay no tax at all? Really? They got lucky, just like a guy who inherited everything from his father.