So let me get this straight, you would prefer the person that gets bought by special interests behind the scenes and then tells you they can't be bought over a person explaining to you how he's spent decades buying politicians. That doesn't make sense to me. You seem to want more of the same, but that wasn't working.
Not at all. I would enthusiastically support a candidate who bluntly called BS on everything that's been wrong with politics from the days of our beloved Founding Fathers, but I could never vote for Trump. It has nothing to do with the current political climate, because I've never liked him. He's a boorish, narcissistic, blustering braggart with questionable ethics, a long history of political opportunism, and a penchant for throwing tantrums when he doesn't get his way. While I'm no expert in psychology by any means, his incessant need to loudly remind everyone how great he is has always seemed like a cover for insecurity.
I also think he's a misogynist who reflexively responds to women who displease him with crude, childish remarks about their bodies. He has a long record of doing that, and while I'm no fan of Rosie O'Donnell, I can't imagine any president engaging her in a stupid social media pissing match the way he did a few years ago.
Failed business ventures don't stick. If they did, most presidents of the last century wouldn't have gotten elected. We all have our failures, bankruptcies, divorces, and bullshit happen in life. You bring up the Trump University thing, but that doesn't shock or surprise me at all. It just makes me wonder how so many writer's workshops, "film schools", etc. manage to exist in NY, because they do the same shit Trump did. Now, if he'd have gotten caught porking a member of the staff, then you'd have something.
Those film schools and workshops most likely weren't started by George Lucas and Stephen King with the intention of attracting students with grandiose guarantees of success that couldn't be fulfilled. Trump University was not just a "failed business." By all objective accounts, it was a shady, possibly criminal, enterprise deigned to deceive and fleece the credulous with ultimately false promises of learning Trump's secrets to amassing riches. You can look it up.
That's because you grew up in the age of decorum and smoke screens. There was a time where senators would fist fight in the senate, one nearly beating another one to death with a cane at one point. Andrew Jackson's attacks on Buchanan make Trump seem like a pretty flower. Likewise, Trump has nothing on Teddy Roosevelt as far as bravado and arrogance. But over the course of the early 20th century, a pall of decorum was set up that presented a sort of "professionalism" to politics, an air of some kind of false dignity that did nothing but provide a smoke screen for politicians to hide their corruption behind. Trump broke that, and now, for some unknown reason, everyone seems shocked by it.
Andrew Jackson crapped bigger than Donald Trump. If he were alive today, Old Hickory would kill him in a duel and whittle a flute out of his right femur. I wish I'd been a guest at his inaugural party!
We seem to agree on some salient points about the political process, so I really don't want to get into an extended argument with you about Trump. My opinion of him is strictly personal and was formed decades before he became a presidential candidate.