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Republicans Are Misrepresenting Policy For The Sake Of Entertainment

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Republicans Are Misrepresenting Policy For The Sake Of Entertainment

Actor Antonio Sabato Jr. speaks at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

True to his promise of a more entertaining convention, Donald has “Trumpified” the Republican National Convention, replacing politicians with reality TV stars for the sake of ratings — and, perhaps, because there aren’t many politicians who want to share a stage with Trump.

Apart from a plagiarized prime-time speech delivered by Melania Trump, Monday night’s “Make America Safe Again” event was anchored by actors Antonio Sabato Jr. and Scott Baio, who lectured the crowd on how the GOP nominee will strengthen national security. (Who knew appearing on Happy Days taught you so much about politics?)

In Sabato’s speech, for instance, the Italian-born actor detailed how he came to the United States legally and then became a naturalized citizen, saying, “others who want to come to the U.S. to live and work should follow the same rules” that he did.

But when a man whose claim to fame is appearing on a medical soap opera is rallying the convention crowd on the issue of immigration, it’s clear that Trump’s speakers serve little purpose other than erasing the convention presenting concrete policy points. This is consistent with Trump’s equally policy-averse time on the primary campaign trail.

Nowhere is this more obvious in two speeches Monday, those of Baio and Willie Robertson, star of the reality TV show “Duck Dynasty.”

Robertson, who found fame chasing waterfowl with a rifle on A&E, is not a bad poster boy for unrestricted recreational gun access. He hinted at this status during his speech when he referred to himself and the crowd as “regular folks like us who like to hunt and fish and pray.” But his speech was otherwise a list of why he liked Donald Trump’s personality, not how Trump will protect voters’ gun rights.

Baio, on the other hand, uttered little more than a few attacks on Hillary Clinton, making the lack of viable Republican politicians and policy experts willing to speak at the convention increasingly obvious. The committee members and lobbyists who fought over the party’s alarmingly conservative platform don’t seem to want anything to do with presenting that platform to the American people.

On Tuesday night, for instance, one-time presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson will be headlining a night that looks to focus on jobs and the economy, titled “Make America Work Again.” While Trump cronies and lobbyists toiled in the shadows to set the party’s economic platform, Carson — who for years sold supposedly magical health supplements — is the one who will be presenting (or entirely sidestepping) these policies to voters.

It wouldn’t be surprising if Tuesday night were more filled more with rants against vaccines, transgender people, and the credibility of evolution than with the GOP’s hopes to stimulate the American economy.

While Clint Eastwood famously performed an onstage political duet with a chair in 2012, he was one of just four individuals at that Republican convention whose credentials didn’t come from business, politics, or family ties to the candidate, out of 84 speakers total. (The others were Tea Party actress Janine Turner and Olympian skier Christopher Delvin-Young, and the rabbi who gave an opening invocation.)

This year’s program, though, is a clown car — and that’s not just due to Trump’s WWE-style entrance onto the stage on Monday. As the LA Times points out, many of the celebrities that Trump has selected to speak have done stints on reality television, just like The Donald himself: Sabato starred on “Dancing with the Stars” and his own dating show on VH1, while golfer Natalie Gulbis appeared on Trump’s very own “The Apprentice,” and Baio was on a curiously-named show called “Scott Baio is 45… And Single.”

We’ll also be treated to remarks from soap opera actress Kimberlin Brown, astronaut Eileen Collins, mixed-martial arts magnate Dana White.


Photo: Screenshot of Antonio Sabato Jr. via YouTube



  1. Lynda Groom July 19, 2016

    Entertainment and policy are the same thing in todays republican party.

    1. Independent1 July 19, 2016

      And entertainment is the backbone too of the GOP’s propaganda wing, aka Faux News – where lies, fake scandals and fabrications of reality abound.

      1. AgLander July 19, 2016

        Ah, poor baby….all you got pulling the Clinton wagon is ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, and MSNBC……..whatsa matter, you feeling outnumbered?

        1. JPHALL July 19, 2016

          Don’t forget most foreign news sites.

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        2. FireBaron July 20, 2016

          Actually, Ag, in their last FCC license filing they classified themselves as “entertainment” not “news”.

          1. Jinmichigan July 20, 2016

            Block this fool. He adds nothing to any conversation.

          2. Independent1 July 20, 2016

            While you’re looking in the mirror. right?? Because it’s clear that your comments are totally worthless!!

          3. Jinmichigan July 21, 2016

            You’re next.

          4. Independent1 July 20, 2016

            Yes, and they actually spent hundreds of thousands of dollars fighting a lawsuit brought against them because they fired some folks who refused to lie for them. In the end, Faux News won a judgement saying that since they were not a bona fide news outlet – it was okay for them to lie!! So lie and lie and lie they do!!

  2. AgLander July 19, 2016

    Things are shaping up as the perfect storm for Trump…..fatally flawed Democrat candidate to go along with the world situation will lead to a Reagan over Mondale type landslide by the time November rolls around. Ladies and gentlemen, I present you President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania.

    1. Independent1 July 19, 2016

      Only in your dreams troll-boy will President and First Lady Sleaze ever be inaugurated!!

    2. Aaron_of_Portsmouth July 19, 2016

      You’ve got to use more suntan lotion, homey—that heat stroke has baked your brain.
      There’s a perfect storm brewing—you just can’t figure out from where.

    3. MSUGUY July 20, 2016

      “Leaving threatening messages on their recorder”? What decade are you living in?

    4. Independent1 July 20, 2016

      And exactly why would Arab countries WHO HAVE DONATED MONEY TO A BONA FIDE CHARITY be looking for payback?? A charity that has been rated ‘A’ by Charity Watch, and which has been shown to use 89% of the donations it receives for actual charity work, when the average in the charity industry is at only 75% of the funds being used for charity???

      The Clintons DID NOT benefit from any of those donations from the Arab countries or anywhere else!! So why should they owe anyone anything for them?? The Clinton Foundation IS TOTALLY SEPARATE from the Clintons themselves!! It’s only a FOUNDATION THEY STARTED!!!

      HUH?? DUMMKOPF???

      1. Mama Bear July 20, 2016

        AgLander is a Trump troll and he is likely one of the guys working social media to disrupt and spread that special brand of hate they are known for. His comments are designed to anger you and drag you to that Trump level. His answers are too rehearsed and quick. It’s like the old sales classes “if prospect says A, you say this…” I think it’s time to ignore him.

        1. Jinmichigan July 20, 2016

          Block him. You won’t regret it.

          1. Independent1 July 20, 2016

            What?? Why??

          2. Jinmichigan July 21, 2016

            If your head was only someplace where you could see,

      2. Shavis Irons July 20, 2016

        Satire, right?

        1. Independent1 July 20, 2016

          Sorry! Thems is facts!!!

      3. plc97477 July 20, 2016

        In defense of aggie, foundation does have a lot of letters in it. She can’t read that well you know.

    5. johninPCFL July 20, 2016

      You mean Melania “H-1-B” Trump? Yeah, can’t wait for that meme to hit the airwaves.

  3. Aaron_of_Portsmouth July 19, 2016

    One thing the GOP is strong at is coming up with catchy-sounding trite slogans which are absolutely meaningless.
    I suppose those who’re infatuated with slogans will find them entertaining.

  4. FireBaron July 20, 2016

    This convention shows signs of (Dare I say it?) TRUMPERY.

    Oh, and for Ag and Otto:
    Trumpery – Merriam Webster Dictionary
    1a : worthless nonsense
    b : trivial or useless articles : junk

    2 archaic : tawdry finery

  5. johninPCFL July 20, 2016

    So Antonio and Melania “H-1-B” Trump share that in common. Both imports who have no applicable job skills “taking” a job from an American.

    1. plc97477 July 20, 2016

      At least in melania’s case who would want it.

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