By Donnie Wahlberg
Where Donald Trump plays the role of Gary Busey — fighting it out with Bernie Sanders in the role of Meat Loaf — and we the people rule the boardroom.
What more can be said about Donald Trump that hasn’t already been said?
Regardless of how you feel about him, Mr. Trump is only a few more GOP primary wins — and a potential Hillary Clinton federal indictment — away from assuming the job of President of The United States of America.
Once upon a time, that concept seemed impossible. Today, it seems very possible.
Some Americans are embarrassed by this development. Some are angry. Many more are terrified. Like, really, really terrified.
I, however, can’t help but see the incredible irony in the fact that his presence has reduced this year’s election process to a real-life version of his own long-running reality TV series, “Celebrity Apprentice.”
I was a very big fan of “Celebrity Apprentice.” Seriously, it was an awesome show. Trainwreck TV at its finest: Former stars like Gary Busey, Meat Loaf, Dionne Warwick and Jose Canseco all took turns trying to raise money for charity (and resurrect their careers) by playing various business roles, in hopes of eventually being “hired” by Mr. Trump. Beyond the show’s victorious celebs, most had no idea what they were doing, and were often in way over their heads (much like Mr. Trump appears to be when discussing foreign policy).
At the end of each episode came the climactic and infamous boardroom scene. A scene where the celebrity contestants showed up in the dreaded “boardroom” and pleaded their cases to a scowling Mr. Trump. The contestants name-called, lied, backstabbed, cheated, manipulated and threw each other under the bus (basically, what Mr. Trump has reduced every single GOP debate to). All with the hope of convincing Mr. Trump, that they were worthy of the job, and to avoid hearing him utter the two most dreaded words in all of reality television: “You’re fired.”
The show was a ratings sensation, just like candidate Trump is now for the many news networks that can’t get enough of him.
We could choose to be appalled by the fact that one of the most important presidential elections of our lifetimes has been reduced to comparisons with “Celebrity Apprentice,” or we could choose, instead, to accept this process for exactly what candidate Trump has turned it to — a reality TV game show.
Call it, Presidential Apprentice.
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