No, you're not lost in the black hole of late-night TV reruns. Yes, Donald Trump really is running for president. Thanks to his successful reality TV shows, The Apprentice and The Celebrity Apprentice, Trump is the boss of primetime – and now he wants to be the boss of the country. Is he ready for that role? More importantly, are Americans ready to give him that role? Most importantly, are we sure this campaign isn't just his next reality TV show?
Even if the campaign is the real deal, Trump could easily turn the script. He's captured the attention of the late-night crowd, and he's made himself a few high-profile enemies. (I mean, he could literally make his political run into a hit series. He'd produce it in half the time as his competition and he'd make twice the profit, am I right?)
Maybe it's his undeniable star power that's boosting Trump in the polls. He's just 3 percentage points behind Republican-field leader Jeb Bush in New Hampshire, according to a Suffolk University poll released Tuesday. He's in a close third in Kentucky, Rand Paul's home state. A Fox News poll released Wednesday has Trump in second place among Republican primary voters nationwide. If he's doing this well in the polls, just imagine how great he could be doing in the ratings.
1. He's Good At Starting Drama
Just like your favorite Real Housewife, Trump will call out his haters and stick his nose where it doesn't belong. Since launching his campaign, he has taken to Twitter to challenge The View, government officials, and seasoned politicos. On his campaign's reality show, we can expect nothing less than backstabbing, tears, and feuds… not to mention travel accommodations even more lavish than the Kardashians'.
2. He's Unscripted
I'm not sure if he actually ad-libbed his announcement speech or if he's just savvy enough to make it seem like he did. Either way, Trump seems pretty off-the-cuff. You never know what he's going to say (or tweet) next. Although I appreciate his candor in a realm of too-formal, too-rehearsed speeches, I'm not convinced that makes for a good president. But it definitely makes for good television.
3. He Apparently Hires Actors
If this doesn't scream television, then I don't know what does. A day after Trump's announcement, the Hollywood Reporter claimed his campaign hired background actors to wear T-shirts, hold signs, and cheer for him at his event. According to the report, Extra Mile Casting sent an email to its clients with the job description, which paid $50 for less than three hours of work.
4. He Has A TV-Ready "Modern" Family
The Trump family — in its ever-extended version — was made for a reality show. There's current wife Melania Knauss-Trump, who happens to be almost 25 years younger than him. There are his five biological children: Donald, Jr., 37; Ivanka, 33; Eric, 31; Tiffany, 21; and Barron, 9. He also has two ex-wives, three children-in-law, and seven grandchildren. Keeping up with the Trumps, anyone?
Sure, Trump's business skills would come in handy as president — I'm all for a business-minded leader. But wouldn't it be great if he turned this whole "campaign" into a reality show? Maybe the businessman in him is already thinking about it.
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