Awakening: The escalator

Come 2015, I pretty much stopped searching for conspiracy theories. Instead, I just let them come to me via Reddit and the conspiracy subreddit or the occasional topic from The Joe Rogan Experience. In my personal life, I had a full-time job and a side-business that was slowly growing. Little did I know what was coming.

I remember watching CNN one night and a replay of Trump coming down the escalator to announce his 2016 candidacy for President:

I didn’t think too much of it, I am not even sure if I heard the whole speech. I personally thought it was just some type of a marketing ploy. I had thought that he had done something similar in the past. The below video is from 2011:

Up to this point, I was well aware of Donald Trump. My personal beliefs on Trump at that time were that he was a playboy billionaire who liked the limelight. I watched a couple seasons of the Apprentice, especially the Celebrity Apprentice season with poker player Annie Duke, Joan Rivers, and others. I liked the show, but it wasn’t something I had to tune in to on a regular basis. For the most part, I was mostly neutral on Trump as a person.

I feel I have made clear that up to this point I thought America was in dire need for a new direction. In 2008, I thought Obama was that change. I felt Ron Paul was the answer in 2012. I wasn’t sure what to think about Trump as a candidate. Some of what he was saying sounded legit. But again, I was skeptic that he was “actually” running.

As time went on, and it looked more and more like it wasn’t a marketing ploy. I spent more time paying attention. I was intrigued. Yet, I think I was watching more as a source of entertainment than as anything else. I didn’t think he had a chance, not for me personally but more because I didn’t think America would elect him.