Absurdly Driven looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek. 


I'm beginning to worry that some people are getting tired of Donald Trump.

I'm beginning to worry that one of those people isn't Trump himself.

Doesn't he ever get tired of the same lines, the same attempts to say something even more outrageous (Translation: Bombastically asinine)?

It seems not. Which means that other billionaires are worried that they're not getting enough media coverage.

So it is that Miami-based billionaire Mike Fernandez decided to pay the media in order to explain how deleterious the real estate mogul allegedly is.

In the polite description of Politico, Fernandez believes that Trump is not only a "hater" (oh, who isn't?), but also a "BULLYionaire."

He believes that Trump's supporters are "a segment of the electorate who have come to think of Trump as a god, when in fact he is worse than the devil himself."

I've never met the devil, but I do believe he'd be a perfectly passable host of "The Celebrity Apprentice."

I fear, though, that Fernandez is as frustrated with those who follow Trump as he is with the man himself -- although he does suggest that Trump isn't too far removed from, well, Hitler

He writes in his ad: "Look at Hitler in Germany, Mussolini in Italy and Peron in Argentina. When people lose hope, they are susceptible to those who offer to think for them. Today, in our midst, one 'popular' man stands first in the polls."

He then adds: "The more divisive and outrageous he is, the more he appeals to some people. I worry as I witness whipped-up crowds emboldening and encouraging forked-tongue hatefulness."

Some might worry that Fernandez suffers from forked-tonguedness too. He is, after all, not only a billionaire who founded MBF Healthcare Partners but also Jeb Bush's biggest donor.

Bush is rather in the weeds currently -- with some polls giving him a mere 3 percent of Republican voters. Fernandez might well be frustrated about this.

Still, he clearly believes his own candidate represents what is good.

He writes in his ad: "Our nation deserves thoughtful candidates with inspiration and ideas that speak to the best in all of us. The path of wisdom can never be by way of uncivil and shallow discussion of our greatest issues. Is there any way that Mr. Trump speaks to what Mr. Lincoln called 'the better angels of our nature'? You know the answer."

The problem, perhaps, is that some people may not know the answer. Worse, they believe that if candidates are thoughtful they're largely thinking of themselves and their pocket-linings.

This is something many would accuse billionaires of too. There's a sense -- for at least some people -- that many billionaires are, by their very nature, bullies.

They believe they can bully their way through deals (hence Trump's insistence he'll get Mexico to pay for the Great Wall of Trump).

And when they've amassed their billions they think they can bully the nation into voting for one candidate or another -- or even to drink less soda than they used to.

Perhaps this Fernandez-Trump skirmish might remind us of one tiny thing: Billionaires always know less than they think they do. That's what makes them slightly bullyish.