Donald Trump announced his presidential campaign last week and yesterday he officially filed paperwork with the Federal Elections Commission declaring he would run for president as a Republican. Karl Rove, a former top advisor to President George W. Bush, speculated that Trump would delay filing the legally required documents for his campaign and may second-guess a run for president.
I also wondered if Trump was actually going to run for president. But after former Alaska governor Sarah Palin came to the public defense of Trump's candidacy, I knew it would be tough for Trump to not officially run.
An editorial from Bloomberg News and published by the Star Tribune called Trump the "worst GOP headache God ever created." The description may seem a tad dramatic, but it is spot on. I was traveling on the day Trump announced his candidacy, but as I walked past one of his buildings last week, I realized how big of a shadow he would cast over the upcoming race for president.
In the heart of downtown Chicago, close to many of the city’s numerous landmarks, is the Trump International Hotel and Tower. When construction of the building was first announced, Trump said it would be the tallest building in the world. The designs for Trump Tower were altered after the terrorist attacks of September 11. It was completed in 2009 and stands along the Chicago River at a height of 1,389 feet.
The building is currently the seventieth tallest building in the world and the fifth tallest in the United States. It has 98 floors and a total of 2,600,000 square feet of floor space. The design of the building was well received by Chicagoans, who live in a city known for its architecture.
But in 2014, Trump showed Chicago the true size of his New York-based ego and used over 2,800 square feet on the front of his building to add the word “TRUMP” in five letters, each over 20 feet tall. Blair Kamin, the Chicago Tribune's architecture critic, called the sign as "subtle as Godzilla."
If Republicans are wondering how to deal with a Trump presidential candidacy, I would suggest a review of Godzilla films. Trump's candidacy, like the sign on his building in Chicago, is nothing short of a monstrous.
Only two things will stop Trump's candidacy: the wisdom of the American voter at the ballot box and Trump tiring of the campaign trail.
He is almost a perfect political candidate. He has the ego to want his name in huge letters on the side of a building and the money to do it. An equal part salesman and circus barker, Trump brings the type of media attention and name identification campaigns dream about.
Republican voters in a key state also seem to be giving Trump's candidacy a more thoughtful first look than many expected, or likely hoped. A new poll from Suffolk University released today shows Trump "surging" to second place, just behind Jeb Bush, in New Hampshire among Republican presidential candidates.
One week after he announced, the "headache" created by Trump's candidacy should have Republicans racing to the medicine cabinet.
Picture source: Trump International Hotel and Tower in Chicago, Michael Brodkorb