Howard Schweitzer, managing partner of Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies, joined the Michael Smerconish Program on SiriusXM’s POTUS Channel to discuss whether Donald Trump genuinely wants to be president, and if he were to win the election, how would he really tackle the job. Howard expressed that “I think he wants it at a very big picture level. But as he has gotten closer to the general election where he has an opportunity to pivot and win this thing, he is coming to realize that he doesn’t want the job that he’s running for. It spooked him, and that’s why we haven’t seen him run a better general election campaign.”
Referencing his Politico op-ed, Howard summarizes a few of the primary reasons why Trump would hate the role. “I’ve been a government employee at all different levels, including as a career employee and as a political appointee. The bureaucracy is brutal. It may seem as though the president may not have to deal with the bureaucracy, but unfortunately, that is not the case. It will suck the life out of him because it needs attention and it’s painstaking.”
Howard also noted that Trump may face significant trouble dealing with the confines of Congress. “I think there are some people out there who think Trump will trample on the Constitution. I absolutely do not think that. He’s not un-American or unpatriotic. But he’s going to have to deal with the reality that Congress is going to be all over him.”
When Michael asked about the boredom quotient, Howard responded, “There are things that come to president’s desk that are not building a wall or meeting with the President of China – there are all sorts of small, mundane responsibilities and duties required by tradition. I think he will be bored out of his mind.”
Howard then discussed how Hillary fares as his opponent. “She is easily beatable – the most beatable candidate except for Trump that we have seen in a long time,” Howard said. “Notwithstanding the fact that each and every day she seems to shoot herself in the foot again, [she is up] only because he’s running such a poor general.”
To hear more about Howard’s expanded thoughts on why Trump would not enjoy being POTUS and his predictions on the rest of the campaign, listen to the full radio appearance here.