It’s 2018, and Donald Trump is still President of the United States. Though we can’t do much about this at the moment, except praying for the acceleration of the Robert Mueller investigation into the Trump campaign’s collusion with Russia or for the year 2020, we can still daydream about the future. Some may hope once he leaves the White House, Trump will go away somewhere to live out the rest of his days. But we all know that he loves the spotlight way too much to do that.
Since he adores everything that has to do with television, and even delights in running out of the Oval Office each evening to catch up on his favorite programs, we think he should run his very own TV network when his time in the White House comes to an end. Obviously, this would only happen if he doesn’t find himself caught up in a criminal investigation.
If you know anything about Trump’s rise in popular culture, then you know that his legacy is deeply embedded in TV. Not only has he appeared in dozens of movies and TV shows, but he also starred in numerous TV commercials from Pizza Hut to one for his own board game, Trump: The Game. (Yes, this is the actual name of the game.) For years, he also hosted the Miss USA pageant and shouted “You’re fired!” on his reality series, The Apprentice. For better or worse, he gathered a massive following.
We all know that Trump doesn’t exactly have a vast array of knowledge, so a network would be the perfect way to prop him up. After all, the creators of The Apprentice, have been vocal about creating the illusion that is Donald Trump. In the Netflix documentary The Confidence Man, Apprentice producer Bill Pruitt said, “What we did, that was a scam. That was an entertainment. If you walked around Trump’s actual office in Trump Tower you’d see the wood’s chipped, and what’s that smell? It wasn’t the empire we were going to have to sell to people. We needed to gussy it up a bit. And we did.”
We wanted to show people that Donald Trump is not a good businessman when it comes to building a company and managing a company. I wanted to say how scary it is that he is running the country because he doesn’t do due diligence on any of his deals. Trump’s brilliance to me is that he has incredible charisma. He is a TV star and knows how to build his brand.
These days, Trump still plays the role of a showman, which is not a role required of a decent president. When Trump met with North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un in June 2018, he urged Un and other North Korean leaders to watch a 4-minute long trailer he had produced ahead of the meeting.
According to The Huffington Post, “The video, which plays out in Korean and English, shows images of Trump and Kim smiling. At one point, it features a montage with babies and auto factories.” The propaganda piece went on to suggest a more harmonious relationship between the United States and North Korea if Un agreed to scrap the country’s nuclear arms arsenal.
No, we are not making this up. The video played out in both Korean and English and a narrator spoke, saying, “The past doesn’t have to be the future, a new world can begin today. Featuring President Donald Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un, in a meeting to remake history, to shine in the sun. One moment, one choice.” Los Angeles-based production company Destiny Pictures produced the trailer.
Perhaps when he finally exits the White House, Trump can team up with his besties over at Fox News and use that platform to talk to whomever still supports him. He already has the knack for video illustrations, and we’re sure he’ll find an audience. After all, America is still a free country.
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