Here’s one for the people who suspected from the beginning that Trump wasn’t really interested in the presidency as much as he suggested he was: The Teflon Don reportedly told an NBC Universal executive that he could continue his show “The Apprentice” if he ran and was elected from the White House.
And when it became clear that wasn’t happening — which is to say, NBC Universal fired his ass for being a bigot — his goal may have shifted. The evidence now is pointing towards Trump using his campaign as a launching point for his own TV network, and he may be sabotaging his own campaign to make that happen.
This means his entire bid is nothing but a massive fraud. But really, would that surprise you?
I’ve noted before that Donald Trump is a natural outgrowth of Ronald Reagan. Reagan was a washed up actor when he got elected, and Trump was a washed up reality TV star. It’s a step down the evolutionary ladder, but let’s face it — the Republicans don’t believe in evolution because acknowledging its existence means acknowledging they’ve only gone down the ladder for the last 100 or so years.
Trump, of course, wasn’t a washed up TV star before he started his bid to be the
Russian Republican presidential nominee, though. In fact, he was still rather conscious of his status as a two-bit reality TV star.
In a June Vanity Fair report that went largely unnoticed until the reporter behind it did an interview on The Takeaway this weekend, Trump is quoted as asking executives for his show, “the Apprentice,” if they wanted him to call it quits on his bid for the highest office in the land.
Citing a 2011 conversation, the report notes:
[NBCUniversal Chief Executive Steve Burke and Trump] outlined, presumably fantastically, that Trump should run for president; and on the off chance that he won, he would continue to star in ‘The Apprentice’ from within the White House.
“If you don’t want me to do this, then I need you to ask me,” Trump reportedly said.
Steve Burke reportedly returned to Trump’s office admitting that he didn’t want Trump to run, and they hashed out a compromise that Trump could continue running his show from the White House. So it seems his heart wasn’t in it from the start.
This is consistent with what Michael Moore wrote in an op-ed last week, when he claimed that reliable sources who know Trump and his businesses say Trump is intentionally sabotaging his campaign because he doesn’t want to be president.
But what’s the end game? Well, as the podcast and the Vanity Fair article note, it might well be TrumpTV — because we all saw how well that went for Sarah Palin, didn’t we?
I mean, even if that’s not entirely true, Trump’s addition of Breibart.com editor Stephan Bannen, former Fox News chairman Roger Ailes, and Republican operative and well-known Nixonian ratf*cker Roger Stone can be read as evidence that he’s interested in using his campaign as a vehicle to launch his own cable news network.
It may well be his only chance to stay relevant if he loses. After all, NBC fired him following his announcement in 2015, when he called Mexican immigrants rapists.
Of course, starting a new cable news network in this day and age is a lost cause, with the Internet and everything. And really, that’d just be a final fitting display of how far behind the times Trump is. He lost the presidency and became irrelevant because he jumped on a dying ship both times.
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