Seth Tupper practices real journalism at the Sturgis Rally and unearths a brilliant cameo of the grand deception of Trumpism.
Tupper talked last week to Chris Cox, the founder of “Bikers for Trump.” Tupper asks a few straight questions, looks up a few documents, and learns that…
- Cox trademarked “Bikers for Trump” and incorporated it not as a PAC or non-profit but an LLC in Delaware;
- Contrary to implications on his website and a statement from one of his Rally workers, Cox does not appear to send proceeds of his Trump gear sales to the Trump campaign;
- Cox thinks his lack of financial accountability is a good thing;
- Cox affects an everyman persona but comes from a politically connected and apparently wealthy family;
- Cox does not own a motorcycle.
Tupper focuses on getting the facts and Cox’s own words on the record, but he slips this one brilliant observation into this article:
…Cox may be a bit like Trump — a driven opportunist who has crafted and benefited from a man-of-the-people persona [Seth Tupper, “Bikers for Trump, or Bikers for Personal Profit?” Rapid City Journal, updated 2016.08.17].
Chris Cox isn’t really fundraising for a political movement; he’s cashing in on a name and a moment. Likewise the man on whose name Cox is capitalizing: Donald Trump isn’t really running for President; he’s playing out the game he teased in 1988, 1999, and 2011, a game whose current round metastasized from an effort to avenge his bruised ego. The Trump campaign is not about winning the White House, let alone figuring out what constructive or even coherent policies to implement therefrom (Dennis, seriously, you know this). The Trump campaign and its remoras and pilot fish are working simply to put Trump’s name everywhere, especially in your head, and separate more fools from their money.