If you don’t know who Mark Cuban is, well, he is part of the billionaire club. But rest assured, folks – that’s where his similarities to Donald Trump end.
The star of TV’s “Shark Tank” and owner of the Dallas Mavericks is also a keen listener and brilliant political analyst.
Cuban appeared on CNN recently to discuss why he believes Donald Trump was able to win the presidency. And in this segment he coined a term that is sure to stick with the President throughout his term – “political chemotherapy.”
“I call it political chemotherapy. One of my friends who I always thought was very smart said, Mark, I voted for politicians my entire life. He’s in his 50s. Do you know what the definition of insanity is? Doing the same thing over and over expecting (sic) the same results. So I voted for Donald Trump. Is he poisonous in a lot of respects? Yeah. He’s our chemotherapy. We hope he’s going to change the political system.”
CNN explains the phenomenon, and they begin to point out the irony in his election, despite high unfavorable numbers in exit polls. They go on:
How could Trump have possibly won given that people didn’t like or trust him to be president? Again, the exit poll tells the story. Thirty nine percent of voters said the most important character trait for a candidate was that he or she “can bring change”; Trump won that group 82% to 14%.
People knew Trump wasn’t ready for the job. That he might do the job poorly. And they didn’t care. Or, more accurately, they cared more about sending someone different to Washington than they did about who that person was and what damage he might do.
To extrapolate from Cuban’s metaphor: Voters believed that politics was so sick that the only treatment left to fix it was also one that had the potential to kill it.