Risk aversion is much of the same reasoning behind progressive causes.
Thing is: When you’re beyond a certain income level, there’s no tangible risk.
Thing is though, now that he’s in office as an active political force for 2 years, and an ideological political focal point for about 4 years, his impact is tangible and real.He may act as a focal point, taking what his audience desires and amplifying it, but once amplifying it, it has a life of its own.
But prior to running for office for the 3rd time (Cali in 2k, NY in 2012 but stopped after getting mocked by NY Times), he worked directly with Sheriff Joe on amplifying a “birther” narrative in an attempt to delegitimize President Obama right at the start of Obama’s presidency and continued for 8 years straight.
Going back to the early 1990s, the hearings on the Indian Casinos is also telling.
I knew of him in the 80s as a flim-flam man although his first marriage was kind of cute in a “I’m rich and naive” way.