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Endorse This: Trump Aide Calls Presidency ‘The Ultimate Reality Show’

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Endorse This: Trump Aide Calls Presidency ‘The Ultimate Reality Show’

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Appearing as a guest on Chris Matthews’ Hard Ball, Paul Manafort explained what he thought Donald Trump’s strengths were as a candidate. “It’s the first modern campaign in the social media era,” Manafort explained. “He understood how to use earned media instead of paid media.”

Fine. We know that about Trump: He’s appalling as a political tactic.

But then Manafort went a step farther. It’s not that Trump sees the coverage of his campaign as a free media spectacle — though it is, increasingly — but rather that Trump sees his presidential campaign and the presidency itself as one giant reality show.

Good luck, America.

Watch for yourself. Discussion of the Republican National Convention and Trump’s “reality show” occurs around four and a half minutes in.

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  1. charleo1 May 12, 2016

    One giant reality show where America is made great again, or maybe next season?
    Or, we find out later the whole thing’s a scripted scam. Big deal. What’s the worst that could happen? The country gets cancelled.

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  2. Aaron_of_Portsmouth May 13, 2016

    Manafort foolishly imagines that the more intelligent in America weren’t able to see from the inception that a grand folly of a production was underway.
    Even a grade school student would have noticed immediately that a character strutting about like Lord Fauntleroy in a business suit and sporting a gaudy orange-tinted pompadour was a character more in line with a Marx Brothers caricature.

    Ryan and the Donald want to unite a fractured Party whose mantra is “Divide and Conquer”. The very notion of a Party that has redefined itself to be divisive can be united and be a unifying force is absurd, and shows an incredible degree of mental stupor, lack of discernment, and instead presents an amorphous mass that looks the same from a variety of angles except for a few “raisins” thrown in to give the faux impression of having character.

    “Now what is we going to do?”, to quote ‘Cedric the Entertainer’.

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    1. InformedVoter May 13, 2016

      You better get used to President Trump. The fun has already begin. Hillary broadcasts a spot supposedly using Trump’s negative comments about women and Trump’s popularity numbers go up, and Trump wins more primaries. Trump responded with a spot hitting Hillary on Benghazi and Sanders wins the next primaries and Hillary’s unfavorable rating is worse than Trump’s ever was. Latest polls, Trump favorable rating 63% and unfavorable rating 31%, reversed from March. Hillary’s unfavorable rating now at 68% and favorable only 29%. The media can’t destroy what they didn’t create, viz, Trump’s stardom. Just wait until Trump takes full aim at Hillary. Even Hillary’s press secretary is crying claiming that Hillary can’t fight two opponents at the same time. Yet you lefties had no problem when Trump was battling 15 opponents and still winning by large margins. That flushing sound you’re hearing is Hillary’s campaign going down the toilet!

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      1. Aaron_of_Portsmouth May 13, 2016

        Lord Trump has ringed for you to come to his chambers so that you may shave the excess hair growing on his back. Don’t tarry—his Lordship needs his back shaved ASAP.
        Make sure you are wearing the special Knave’s Outfit he purchased for you.

        BE THERE, OR BE SQUARE.

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  3. dpaano May 13, 2016

    That’s damned scary!!! If he thinks he can run the country like he does his Apprentice show, he’s going to be in for a rude surprise…..either that, or we’re ALL going to be in trouble!

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