The football players have flushed your chess pieces and stuffed you in your locker, yet you still hope that if you just stick it out you will (a) magically become one of the popular kids or (b) wait a year and hope that Principal Trump will see fit to take your side.
Funny, but totally wrong. And I very much doubt you're going to find many Trump supporters in the astronomy community...
Before joining the TMT, China was developing its own similar design and was scouting its own locations on the Tibetan Plateau above 5000m.
Oh, they still are. But that site is pretty remote, and higher altitude doesn't automatically mean better seeing.