Heaven help us if The Donald’s plan works. The tycoon’s executive vice president (of the Trump group of companies), Michael Cohen told the New York Post that Trump himself has spent $1m on research relating to exactly what he needs to do to get on the ballot throughout all American states. He’s also analysing past voting patterns to work out the best way to win each state.
Perhaps more frighteningly, Trump has actually been doing the political circuit, trying to curry favour. In March this year he appeared at the Conservative Political Action Convention, and just last week he gave a speech at a fundraising dinner for Oakland County Republican Party in Michigan, to 2,300 people.
He said: ‘Everybody tells me, please run for president, please run for president. I would be much happier if a great and competent person came along. I'd be happy if President Obama did a great job. I’m a Republican, but before anything, I love this country. I would love to see somebody come in who is going to be great.’ Signalling that this might actually be for real, Cohen told the paper: ‘The electoral research was commissioned. We did not spend $1m on this research for it just to sit on my bookshelf.’
Trump has not yet confirmed if he will be willing to present his birth certificate for his candidacy.