The first day of the Flying Circus, ahem Republican Convention, got off to an exciting start, though probably not for the reasons ringleader Trump meant when he promised to bring his brand of “showbiz” to an otherwise boring event. There were absences, protests, interruptions and accusations. Many of the GOP’s past, current and future leaders boycotted the convention; the Never Trump movement created chaos on the delegate floor; and Melania Trump’s highly anticipated headliner speech was taken over by a plagiarism controversy. So if the inexperienced Trump machine has so much trouble handling the hurdles of the election, how will it handle the hurdles of a presidency?
Poorly, because a President Trump will struggle to admit his mistakes, just as he struggled for two days to admit that his wife’s speech had stolen Michelle Obama’s words, which just added fuel to the media fire and completely took away from the night’s positive message. What Trump is finally realizing is that this political gig is a tough juggling act and now that he has been officially nominated as the presidential candidate Trump has been given a legitimizing pat on the back by the party to continue on his unorthodox, brash and belligerent path of carving his name into history. But it also means that the media is likely to be even tougher on him, and that can only be a good thing for a person aspiring to the highest job in the country.
Otherwise it looks to be a pretty conventional convention, with four days of family members, defeated primary opponents and politicians whose names barely register with the general public all stepping right up and talking about how Trump will fix everyone’s problems, how Hillary Clinton is evil and how Republicans will make America great again – all of which is exactly what that audience wants to hear. And this is an example of just how dangerous politics is becoming, with carefully orchestrated, brainwashing doctrines being fed into a reality TV drama that gets eaten up by the public without question.
Want to run away and join the circus? Better look good in spandex. Movie for your mood: Water for Elephants