I came to epiphany in the shower.
It takes a while to build a reputation.
That’s why they call it “building a reputation.” Tom figured it out going on 39 after 18 years in the league. Donald will figure it out “when it’s time” which is what he answered to a journalist who asked the candidate WHEN would he act presidential.
If no one was listening, which was the case for both of the them, the last two decades could be described as unbuilding a reputation, and alienating your own base.
It’s not a reputation, if no one is listening.