I received this email today from a gentleman who lives in California and worked on the Trump campaign in 2016. The subject of his email reads: “Why You Made the Right Move Not Running in 2016”
The other day, I saw in your daily email replies that not running is one of your biggest regrets. Don’t let it. I can see being disappointed but I think you made the right move. Getting Trump elected and spreading the word on immigration is the only thing we could have done.
You would have been the best candidate, but if the best candidate always won we wouldn’t be in this mess.
Ultimately, with Trump in the race I think the best case is you and Trump would have split the vote and Ted Cruz would have been the nominee. Cruz would have then lost to Hillary. There’s no way you would have let Hillary win.
Trump would have done whatever it took to win the primary, hook or crook. He would have just taken your best ideas, claimed them as his own, and then used his bully pulpit to convince everyone that he was actually the first to think of them. If he felt threatened he would have even toned down the antics. He did this time again against Hillary. He behaved, his poll numbers went up, then he got cocky and obnoxious, they went back down. Also remember he wasn’t even polling well at first because nobody thought he was serious.
Trump is just too good at promotion, sucks too much air out of the room, and has money and name recognition baked in. Americans, by and large, love two things: watching train wrecks and being told what they want to hear. In that sense, Trump was the candidate we all deserved.
Also look at the media blackouts for Ron Paul when he ran, who actually knew the issues, was a sitting congressman, and had a cult following.
The silver lining is that now Trump has won, people know it’s possible to break through traditional barriers. He wasn’t a politician or a general and didn’t have the support of the media. He also made it okay to not be PC. There was a time when experts thought it was impossible to run 100 meters in under 10 seconds until someone did it. Now less than 10 seconds is the norm if you want to medal. Conservatives need to get organized now.
Your odds now go up if you do run. My only concern is that our demographics will have changed so much that not even Abe Lincoln could win. I’m usually 5-10 years ahead of the curve on these types of predictions though, hopefully this is the case here too.
Your best bet would be to win a seat in the House first. That won’t be easy either and you’d have to move. The sooner you move the better because when I ran, people did ask me all the time how long I had been in the area, 18 years. Florida would be a good place for you I think, very strategic. I love it there too and was born in Miami.
Unfortunately, I don’t think an independent can win as POTUS, not even Trump could have, but they could win in Congress. Another thing to consider depending on ballot laws and the district.