President… Trump?: The Donald visits Charleston and talks about a possible candidacy in 2016

Donald Trump gives a tour of his private plane to select members of the press as well as some Citadel cadets. Trump visited Charleston on Feb. 22 to be honored at The Citadel's annual Patriot Dinner. (Photo by Samuel McCauley)

Donald Trump gives a tour of his private plane to select members of the press as well as some Citadel cadets. Trump visited Charleston on Feb. 22 to be honored at The Citadel’s annual Patriot Dinner. (Photo by Samuel McCauley)

Standing on the tarmac at the Atlantic Aviation Hangar of the Charleston International Airport last Sunday, two CisternYard staff members and myself awaited the arrival of a private jet containing one very wealthy, very opinionated man known as The Donald.

If you’re like me, you may be completely incompetent when it comes to knowing things about planes. “Boeing 757” originally sounded to me like it could have been a kind of assault rifle, but in the context of the email we received from Mr. Trump’s Director of Communication inviting us to “greet Mr. Trump at the airport and have a tour of his Boeing 757 before he made a special visit to The Citadel,” I was assured that it was, in fact, Mr. Donald Trump’s obscenely large private plane.

Trump answers questions during a press gathering on in the main cabin of his private plane. Many questions revolved around Trump's potential run for president. (Photo by Samuel McCauley)

Trump answers questions during a press gathering on in the main cabin of his private plane. Many questions revolved around Trump’s potential run for president. (Photo by Samuel McCauley)

 

You might be wondering (much like we were), why would Donald Trump come to Charleston, SC? And why in the world would he invite CisternYard News aboard his private plane for a tour and press gathering? Well, as Mitt Romney once said, “If you want to take on America, you’re going to have to take on The Citadel as well.”

That’s right, folks, prepare your bumper stickers and campaign buttons because Mr. Trump may be running for president in the 2016 elections. Although his decision to run was not explicitly expressed in the interview, Trump did hint that his final decision would most likely be revealed this June–and he thinks he will “surprise some people” with what he decides.

But don’t get your hundred dollar bills in a wad, we might not have to deal with that just yet.

Among other big names such as Senators Tim Scott and Rick Santorum, Trump was invited by The Citadel Republican Society to be honored at their annual Patriot Dinner on The Citadel’s campus on Feb. 22, which serves as a fundraiser to send a large delegation of the club’s members to attend the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, D.C. every year. Cadet MSG. Lance Cook, the club’s Vice President of External Affairs, said that the club reached out to Trump because he is a “really great person who represents the American Dream and reaching a high level of success.”

The side of Trump's private plane, a Boeing 757. Some members of the press were invited on board for a private tour given by Trump himself. (Photo by Samuel McCauley)

The side of Trump’s private plane, a Boeing 757. Some members of the press were invited on board for a private tour given by Trump himself. (Photo by Samuel McCauley)

At the dinner, Trump talked about politics, his own experience at a military academy in NY, and the importance of seeing oneself as “a winner” as a means of attaining great success. I can see the campaign posters already. Shepard Fairey, if you’re out there, get a head start on red-white-and-blue-ing Trump’s famous combover–and make sure to feature the word “Winner.”

So what would a Trump Administration look like? In the press gathering, Trump talked about “making America great again” by “making it rich again.” Trump felt confident that he would be the only candidate who would be cutting back social security, medicare and medicaid. Trump also criticized the GOP for not fighting hard enough for their ideals. “And I’m a conservative Republican,” he said, “but it’s like they’re all talk and no action.”

When asked what the biggest problem is in our country today, Trump commented on the lack of “spirit” for America, and also referred to Obamacare and ISIS. His exact phrasing was, “Look, if we are going to be over there fighting, take the oil. You know who has the oil right now? ISIS has the oil.”

Take that as you wish.

To sum up his legacy, Trump stated, “Well, I enjoy my life. I enjoy putting people to work, I enjoy taking care of people. I have tremendous numbers of people who work for me and I spend a lot of money on healthcare, and education, and lots of other things for those people. My employees like Donald Trump, that I can tell you.” I think his Director of Communication and her complete Louis Vuitton luggage set can attest to this statement.

But all in all, Trump (while standing on board his private plane, with a custom Trump crest welcome mat, pillows embossed with “T”’s on each seat, and a giant Rolls Royce ‘bumper sticker’ plastered on the side of the jet engine) addressed the misconceptions about his wealth, by saying he is “a very charitable person.”

Oh and for those of you who were wondering, Trump made a point to add that his hair is “in fact, real.”

 

I couldn't resist. (Photo by Samuel McCauley)

I couldn’t resist. (Photo by Samuel McCauley)

 

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Courtney Eker is a junior Political Science and Spanish double major, with a minor in Communication. Hailing from Albuquerque, New Mexico (s/o to the 505), Courtney can be found explaining the geographical differences between New and normal Mexico to confused southerners. Courtney finds joy in petting strangers' dogs and talking baby language to strangers' babies on King Street. Courtney fills any possible spare time with her duties of being the Editor in Chief of Cisternyard News, a Chapter Founder/Leader of the not-for-profit organization Nourish International and a Peer Facilitator for Freshman Year Seminar courses. She holds in her heart a warm place for Cambodia, her two dogs Dudley and Joey and sandwiches from Persimmon Cafe.


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