Kurt Andersen on Donald Trump: "An Amazing Spectacle"
Studio 360's Kurt Andersen, former editor of the late, great Spy Magazine, was on WNYC's Brian Lehrer Show this morning. The subject was Donald Trump, born again Birther, who the magazine coined at the outset as a 'short-fingered vulgarian.' "Back in 1987 he was flirting with the possibility of running for President and saying 'well, of course if I ran, I'd win.' This is in the 1988 Presidential election, almost a quarter century ago," said Andersen. "Just as he has been bankrupt many times, he has flirted with running for President many times."
And Trump has done so from many different philosophies. "It does seem, given that at this point he is more famous nationally than ever, has gone further out in suggesting that he's serious than ever before -- it seems as though it would be hard for him not to run," Kurt continued, further on in the conversation.
"What will his excuse be if he says 'I've decided not to run' ... The boy can cry wolf only so many times. So, he has done this again and again and again. I mean, sometimes he does it as a kind of left-wing Democrat saying that we have to have universal health care, and George Bush is the worst President in history, what he said a few years ago and now he says it as I love the Tea Party and I don't believe he was born in this country and he's the worst president in history. So it's an amazing spectacle, he is an amazing spectacle, which is why I guess I've been a sort of a student of Donald Trump for I guess these 25 years."
And so have we.
Audio of the full interview on WNYC.