"When I was working on that book and simultaneously writing articles that I knew could be generously described as 'lightheartedly treasonous,'" I said, "in the back of my mind, I kind of hoped the Secret Service would contact and subsequently interrogate me. I wouldn't say I was baiting them, necessarily, but somewhere deep down I knew it was a possibility and I thought, 'Man, if the Secret Service contacts me and hassles me over this, I bet I could get a great article out of it.' I try to do stuff like that a lot, with jokes and comedy and ... stuff."
Donald thought for a moment. "Expand on that," he said. As much as he loved business, he was also fascinated with comedy and process and entertainment in general.
You may recall the famous satire books he's released over the years.
"Well, sometimes in comedy -- for me, anyway -- the real joke comes after; it comes in the reaction, you know? You make one joke, but the real joke, the better and purer joke, is what your joke causes, or what it inevitably leads to. I wrote one article that was a satirical guide to committing a crime against the sitting president, and it was a funny enough article, but getting interrogated by the Secret Service? That's the actual goal, 'cause that's real, and you can't really script something like that. I guess it's like ... catching a fish and then using that fish as bait to catch a bigger, better fish? That's kind of a clumsy way of explaining it, but-"