Hard to believe an odious blowhard turns people off. Guy is so loathsome he probably couldn’t even buy friends.
Last month Donald J. Trump told a crowd in New Hampshire that he would happily annoy his wealthy friends if it meant getting big money out of politics. “I have no friends, as far as I’m concerned,” he said. “You know who my friends are? You’re my friends.”
This, of course, was the sort of just-folks gambit that has won Mr. Trump new — or renewed — friends, like Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey. But there was perhaps some inadvertent truth in the remark. For nearly half a century, Mr. Trump — mogul, actor, incessant boldface name — has labored to portray himself as a charming bon vivant with a limitless supply of popularity. But his actual social circle has a fairly small diameter — even in his hometown, New York.
He probably thinks most of the media are his friends. That certainly won’t be the case if, God forbid, he becomes the GOP nominee.
“Donald has some friends like me, but he’s much more of a homebody than you’d think,” said Richard LeFrak, a fellow real-estate tycoon who has known Mr. Trump for more than 40 years. “He’s very gregarious and has lots of acquaintances. But people that he’s close to? Not so many.”
Well before he began his bid to become the Republican presidential nominee, Mr. Trump branded himself as the glad-handing billionaire in demand at beauty pageants and professional wrestling matches, a relentlessly available celebrity who would be more than pleased to talk about his sex life on the radio or reveal himself on his reality TV show, “The Apprentice.” But while he may be adept at projecting intimacy over distance, those who know him best contend that his talent for emoting to an audience does not always translate to his personal relationships. “He doesn’t really have a lot of friends,” said Billy Procida, a financier from New Jersey who served for years as one of Mr. Trump’s top lieutenants. “Pretty much all he does is work and play golf.”
We’ve had a celebrity in the White House since 2009. The last thing we need is another one.