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Dutch -- It certainly appears that you are right. Donald Trump doesn't want the job. Perhaps he wasn't counting on the fact that his band of followers were really that stupid. So he deliberately makes more and more outrageous things and his followers still salute him...you know the salute I'm talking about.
Sam Stein of the Huffington Post raises the same question: GOP Operatives Aren’t So Sure That Trump Even Wants To Win
"What used to be a playful question tossed around by Republican operatives about Donald Trump’s presidential campaign is now being taken far more seriously: Is it possible that he is trying to lose?
“I think he has psychologically collapsed and is both consciously and unconsciously looking for an exit,” said Rick Wilson, a longtime GOP operative who rarely holds back in his disdain for Trump.
“It’s either that [he’s trying to lose] or it’s complete and utter incompetence in every facet of his campaign,” said Brian Walsh, another veteran Republican hand and Trump critic. “When you look at how he’s conducting every aspect of the campaign it seems entirely fair to ask if he’s purposefully trying to lose because the only alternative answer is complete arrogance and incompetence. And I’m not ruling out complete arrogance and incompetence.”
Nothing else seems to make sense. But what is his real motive for wanting to lose? Possibly to not have to disclose his income and wealth? Or just not wanting to take on the enormous responsibilities of the job, realizing that he's not up to the job.