In 2016, the ultra-greedy, short-sighted Trump only cared about one thing:
Sucking up to Russia to pave the way for the Trump Moscow Hotel and a $300+ mil. payday.
He didn’t care about the presidency. He actually wanted to lose.
So, when Russia came along and said “Let’s work together....” Trump was happy to agree because he thought it was just buddying up to Putin.
...and then Russia says “How about changing your platform on the Ukraine?”
...and Trump says “Happy to, my friends!” thinking he’ll never be in office to folllw-through.
He thought he was being smart.
Posturing like he’d bend over backwards for Russia without actually having to do anything... since he’d lose and not have to deliver.
“I told them I’d do anything for them. I’d lift sanctions. I’d break up NATO. Whatever they wanted. I didn’t have to do any of it... but they were so happy, they gave me a big hotel deal. I’m a genius.”
Then Trump was trapped.
No hotel. No $300 million. None of the goodies he wanted... and Russian partners who could put him and put him in prison if he didn’t pay up on his end of the deal.
Trump thought he was being a super slick grifter. Blowing smoke up the asses of his Russian friends. Setting them up to close the deal he wanted.
Then he ended up upside down with Putin calling to collect.
His plan was to win by losing... and then he lost by winning.
Now it’s all coming out and he’s sunk.
He’s just dumb enough for this crazy theory to be true. We’ll see.