And then things got weird. Midway through his speech, Trump started rattling off Trump products: He talked about Trump Steaks and Trump Magazine; he talked about Trump Vodka and Trump Wine and Trump Water. These were ostensibly brought up to prove the main point of Trump’s campaign, which is that he is a successful businessman who can be a good president by doing successful businessman things, like negotiating. The only problem is that many of these products don’t exist anymore. Trump Steaks folded in 2007; Trump Magazine hasn’t been published since 2009. Maybe the campaign trail is starting to wear on him, revealing the inner QVC pitchman underneath.Only QVC has standards: the jewelry and household products it hawks actually exist, and the pitch artists let their merchandise take center stage. Trump is the con-artist who sells himself, and takes your money and votes, for non-existent steaks and walls: the perfect Meinongian grifter.
Update: Last night, The Daily Show got to the bottom of the intentional non-existence behind Trump's huckstering.