If there’s going to be a financial crisis, Donald Trump wants it to happen sooner as opposed to later, so that a potential Trump presidency doesn’t take the blame, he said in remarks at a rally earlier this year that were overlooked at the time.
The GOP nominee, speaking in Salt Lake City in March, warned that high rates of interest and “everything else” was bound to lead to a fiscal explosion. Let it occur quickly, he pleaded.
“We’re sitting on a bubble like you’ve never seen and I trust it doesn’t burst when I’m president. If it’s going to explode let it be a few days early. You know, I’ll be in there two weeks, the bubble bursts, they’ll say ‘Oh, it’s Trump’s mistake.’ Na, I don’t want that,” he said.
Trump, who is first an entertainer and second a politician, is often not serious about what he says. He has recently created firestorm after firestorm just to later say he was joking. He was kidding when he suggested Russia should find Hillary Clinton’s missing 30,000 emails and release them. He was being sarcastic when he said President Barack Obama and Clinton co-founded ISIS. And he was (sort of?) joking about “Second Amendment folks” assassinating his opponent.
He is, however, serious about not wanting a catastrophe on his watch, though his performance in the campaign has likely spared him from any possibility of becoming president.
“We’re sitting on a bubble and it’s a really dangerous bubble right now. You take a look, with what they’re doing with interest rates, we have free money, everything else,” he said in March. “We’re sitting on a huge fat nasty bubble, at some stage, unless we act quickly and smartly, it’s going to burst.”
But Trump, as worried as he is about a disaster, is less concerned about winning. At a rally in May, he promised supporters that he didn’t care if he wins or not. “My perspective is, I don’t care, I don’t care. If we’re not going to do it right, I don’t care. I’ll go and I’ll, you know, live it out, I’ll build buildings, and I’ll have some fun and I’ll kick the bucket. That’ll be the end. I’ll be just fine. You understand. I don’t care. We’re going to do it right, folks. We’re going to do it right,” Trump assured.