USA Today- In a New York Times Magazine article, a reporter was in Trump’s office when Knight reportedly called him out of the blue.From the New York Times:
When I walked in, Trump had the legendary college basketball coach Bobby Knight paying homage to him over speakerphone. Knight, who had never met Trump, apparently called him out of the blue to offer his support. I was slightly dubious about how “out of the blue” this really was, given how perfectly it was timed to my arrival, but Knight delivered a stirring tribute regardless. “No one has accomplished more than Mr. Trump has,” Knight raved after Trump informed him that a reporter was in the room. Trump nodded and motioned to the phone and made sure I had my recorder running. “What a great honor, man,” Trump said. “I will talk to you soon, and I won’t forget that you called. Thanks, Bobby.”
Okay, so I am not stupid enough to believe that this wasn't completely set up. I highly doubt that the odd couple of Donald Trump and Bobby Knight are calling each other on a daily basis. The one time they do happen to talk isn't going to coincidentally take place just as a reporter has sauntered into Trump's office, because well, life is not a fucking movie. Regardless, if there is anything we know about Bobby Knight other than the fact that he's hot headed, it's that he has conviction. He says what he means and doesn't give a fuck how anyone feels about it. So while this phone call may have been prearranged and "no one" may be a stretch, it's safe to assume that Bobby Knight does think that Donald Trump has accomplished a lot. While I don't agree with Trump's politics, I would tend to agree with Bobby Knight.
Before you start judging, let's keep in mind that accomplishments are extremely relative. Not to compare Trump to the most reprehensible people on the planet, but a suicide bomber hitting his target technically accomplished what he wanted to accomplish. A thief that gets away unscathed accomplished his robbery. A member of ISIS beheading an innocent person on camera accomplished getting their point across. The connotation of the word accomplishment is not always positive. For that reason, Donald Trump IS currently one of the most accomplished people in politics.
His policies may be flat out garbage. He may talk directly out of his ass more often than not. However, how many times has there been this much discussion, by this many people, surrounding a presidential election that was a year away? How many times have millions upon millions of people, of all ages, been glued to their television screens during the GOP debates? Who else has peeled back the curtains to show just how many maniacs there are in this country. These lunatics that are ready and willing to put this outspoken, semi-racist, morally (and sometimes financially) bankrupt, real estate entrepreneur in the White House? Donald Trump didn't make these people crazy, but he, either intentionally or unintentionally, made us aware of just how crazy some of the people voting in this country happen to be. His interviews and public appearances may reek of close minded prejudice, but at least he's got a voice. At least he's not just saying what everyone else wants to hear. Trump is not only entertaining in his own right, but he also made other candidates, outside of Ted Cruz, relatable as well. You have to fight fire with fire, and Trump made it impossible to make a name for yourself spewing the same canned, repetitive, politically correct bullshit that politicians are famous for. I don't know what Donald Trump's intentions are with his presidential campaign, and may God have mercy on our souls if he is elected leader of this country. However, you can't say he didn't bring exposure and widespread awareness to the political landscape of the United States, and he didn't even have to throw a bunch of chairs to do it...