From everything I can see, I do not believe that Donald Trump ever actually wanted or expected to be president. I truly think he was just screwing with us all. Now that he has won and we see the amazing disarray and ineptitude of his transition team, I have to wonder whether he is looking for a way out.
OK, this is a fantasy and I have zero expectation that it will happen... but it could happen. Indeed, I believe there are really good reasons to make it happen. So, maybe we should float this idea out there in hopes it gets Trump's ear. If it catches your imagination, share it far and wide.
So... first some factual observations.
Trump's presidency will be a failure. He cannot possibly meet the expectations of those who voted for him and they will come after him with pitchforks and torches in 2 and then 4 years. His brand will be destroyed. History will dismiss him. As a narcissist, this is the worst possible outcome for Trump.
The electors of the electoral college can vote for whoever they want. Even in states where they are legally required to vote for the winner of their state, the penalty for not doing so is very small.
If Trump were to become president and then resign, that would make Pence president... and from everything I can see, Trump does not share any ideological beliefs with Pence so Trump would not want that outcome. Plus resigning would be embarrassing.
Here's the fantasy... Trump could send his minions to privately see the electors and encourage them to switch their votes and put Hillary in. We're still not sure how many electors he actually has but likely a switch of about 25 would do the trick, maybe a few more. They could justify their switch as trying both to fulfill the original intent of the electoral college to keep unfit candidates from winning AND as honoring the will of the majority. As of this writing, HRC has won the popular vote by over 1 million votes. Alexander Hamilton saw the role of the electors to ensure that “the office of
President will never fall to the lot of any man who is not in an eminent
degree endowed with the requisite qualifications.” Duh!
So what does Trump get in my fantasy? He doesn't have to fail at president. He can yell all he wants that the election was rigged against him and become not only the leader of his base but also a martyr for their cause. His dream of a media empire will take off like wildfire. He could become the true leader of a new political movement and perhaps even a new political party. None of his shady dealings with foreign governments need ever come out. If, and I do mean if, he has any degree of patriotism in him, he gets to save the US from a disaster he has to know is coming if he becomes president.
So, Donald, are you up for this?