For over a year, I’ve been trying to understand America’s fascination and support of “The Donald”. Could it simply be mob mentality? Perhaps. Can it be a lack of intellect or common-sense? No comment. Can it be that the ultra-conservative movement and Republican ideology is finally coming into it’s own and it’s actually that ridiculous? That’s certainly viable.
This morning, I finally put my finger on it!
What do Sanjaya, William Hung, the Pants-on-the-Ground guy, any “Real Housewife” of anyplace, and pretty much every reality show (including Celebrity Apprentice) have in common? They’re all train wrecks. Some ridiculous. Some loveable. But train wrecks nonetheless.
America loves train wrecks. (Why else would someone watch Fox News?) Grassroots republicans are in on the goof. Primary voters were in on the goof. They just need to watch.
It’s also feeds an addiction. They have to keep watching, voting and attending rallies in order to get more of what they love. The more ridiculous it gets, the more viewers they get. The more they support him, the more antics and ridiculousness they get in return. Bewildering policy ideas, overt bigotry, fear-mongering, the thin-skin rapport, the luscious maliciousness… all perfect fodder for the mindless, live TV audience.
That’s why, I predict that tonight’s Presidential Debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton will be the most watched political event in television history. After all, it has potential for the biggest televised train wreck of the week.
The big question is: will Americans continue the goof? Do they really want to see a train wreck of a President clashing with world-leaders? Taking the Trump show on the world stage. Do they really want to see what he’ll do next?
Stay tuned. Viewer discretion advised.
(Apologies to all survivors of real train wrecks. No real trains were harmed in the writing of this blog.)
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