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Yes, Donald Trump Is a Serious Presidential Candidate

06/23/2015 08:58 am ET | Updated Jun 22, 2016

To be fair, I fully support Donald Trump's anti-Rosie O'Donnell policy.

On Celebrity Apprentice, Clay Aiken bested Arsenio Hall in money raised, task victories, project leader win/loss percentage, and general likeability. Yet on the season finale, Trump picked Arsenio over Aiken. It makes one question Trump's decision-making, especially when considering the very realistic possibility that, within a few years, Supreme Court justices will be chosen via reality show.

Political pundits are mocking the Trump campaign, saying that he's not a "serious" candidate. My question, then, is who are the serious Republican candidates? Ben Carson stated that serving time in prison makes people gay. Ted Cruz read Dr. Seuss' Green Eggs and Ham on the Senate floor. Should I go on? Okay, let's. In regards to his opposition to abortion, even in cases of rape, Rick Santorum stated that women should "make the best out of a bad situation." As governor of Texas, Rick Perry suggested that his state should secede from the Union.

Here are some serious Republican candidates during a 2008 debate. This clip is my screensaver.

Mike Huckabee, one of the candidates with his hand raised, is running again this year. It should be noted that John McCain, the eventual Republican Presidential nominee, pandering to the party base, later amended his answer to explain that, well, he didn't exactly believe in evolution.

Many Americans, according to polls, don't think that Donald Trump has a shot at a winning the Republican nomination. Well of course he has a shot. He's running. Unless the voting machines are unable to calibrate his name or unless he's the oldest-looking thirty-four-year-old in the country, then his votes count and he has a chance to win. (note: By law, you have to be thirty-five-years-old in order to serve as President. According to Trump's Kenyan birth certificate, he's sixty-nine, making him Constitutionally eligible.)

Besides, I question the correlation between "having a shot at winning" and "serious candidate." News flash for all you Bernie Sander supporters out there: he's not winning. Former football star Barry Sanders and Kentucky Fried Chicken founder Colonel Sanders have a better shot at being the next President of the United States. But Bernie Sanders is still being taken very seriously as a Democratic candidate.

My guess? Trump doesn't win the GOP nomination. However, his campaign winds up being more successful than the naysayers are predicting. The Sick Fascination With Seeing Donald Trump As President voting block is much more powerful than, say, the People Who Have Ever Heard Of George Pataki voters.

Comedians are frothing at the mouth over the Trump Presidential campaign. Sure, the rules of political comedy require some Trump jokes. But not too many, I hope. Trump is ridiculous on his own, and to spoof a spoof leads to lazy punchlines. Sure, Marco Rubio is almost too boring to joke about. But you'll think of something; that's why you're professional comedy writers. You can make anything funny... except maybe that new Odd Couple sit-com with Matthew Perry.

By focusing too much attention on Donald Trump's ludicrous quotes, the other Republican candidates' positions, simply by disagreeing with Trump, appear more legitimate. But I'm not so sure that Rand Paul's approach to ISIS is, in fact, any more realistic than Trump's strategy of buying a black belt in karate and personally taking out the terrorists one-by-one, Bruce Lee-style.

A much smarter form of political comedy, and more responsible media reporting, would be to focus on the actual issues that are affecting the country right now- like our pathetically crumbling infrastructure and individual states chipping away at abortion rights. But I'm a realist. And I accept that the vast majority of political coverage will now center on Donald Trump because he has goofy hair and he's entertaining. But you can't really blame Trump for all the coverage he's receiving. That would be like blaming Kim Kardashian for her best-selling book of selfies.

At least give Trump credit for speaking out about real, important issues. His solutions are about as realistic as the plot of a typical episode of Full House. But at least he's talking about topics like immigration and our unequal trade situation with China- stuff you don't hear much about on the evening news. And, hey, maybe he can work with China. After all, he did write The Art of the Deal. And he recently penned Think BIG and Kick Ass in Business and Life, which also happens to be the title of Mahatma Gandhi's autobiography. And Gandhi's pretty good.

Donald Trump has never held any political office. That's not a criticism. By Constitutional definition of how the separation of powers is designed, being a Congressman has nothing to do with being President. It's like saying you'd be a good quarterback because you served six years as a football referee.

Most social activists don't brag about their wealth the way Donald Trump does, which makes Trump more "rapper" than "politician." But in terms of money, Trump has something in common with all the other candidates- both Republican and Democrat- running for office; they're richer than you. If being out-of-touch with the American people disqualifies one from holding political office, then that rules out politicians from running for political office. And, quite frankly, the American people are pretty out-of-touch with the American people, too. Nobody cares about you; they're too busy playing Candy Crush.

I'm not naïve. I realize that Donald Trump says embarrassing things and he acts like a jerk and that Malania only married him for his looks. And if Trump becomes President, the nation will most likely implode within a couple of weeks. But merciless media mocking by self-righteous moralists starts to feel like mean-spirited bullying... even if the target of wrath is indeed Donald Trump or Sarah Palin or the Duggars or any of the other ignorant people who, admittedly, make me barf.

Nevertheless, regardless of who becomes the next President of the United States, we all know that Omarosa is really the one pulling the strings.