Donald Trump Muses About Leaving Public Life

At a rally Monday, Donald Trump mused about the possibility of leaving public life, sighing about how great things were before he became president. He quickly returned, though, to the present, and declared that he loves it.

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Trump insiders have said he didn’t want the presidency. Michael Cohen, his former personal attorney and ‘fixer,’ has said many times that Donald Trump neither expected nor wanted to become president. Quite recently he told Rachel Maddow of MSNBC that his former boss had only hoped that his campaign would place him in a position to borrow money from people adjacent to Vladimir Putin.

Now, as those around Trump consider the possibility that the 2020 election will not be a second win, it seems as though the incumbent is also considering the future. Last week, he talked about leaving the country if he loses — an eventuality some insiders have said might be a necessity, if charges are brought for a variety of allegations after the election.

At a rally Monday, Trump appeared to daydream briefly about this escape.

I had such a good life. My life was great. And then I said, “Let’s do this, darling. This will be a lot of fun.

Then Trump seemed to catch himself and made a quick U-turn. “But you know what? I’m so happy with it, because nobody has ever done so much.”

The question of what will happen after the election has been one of much speculation. If Trump isn’t re-elected, insiders, pundits, and the general public have mused on whetherhe’s likely to resist leaving the White House, attempt to use a stacked Supreme Court to hold his office, or flee the country.

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