26.8.19

POLITICS IS PRO WRESTLING.

That's the easiest way to understand the Sunday shows.

It may also be Our President's schtick.  (Come to think of it, he reminds me a little bit of Bobby "The Brain" Heenan.)  Miranda Devine elaborates.
When you attend one of his rallies, as I did last week in New Hampshire, it is obvious that Donald Trump has modeled his presidential persona on WWE pro wrestling.

The banter, the jokes, the trash-talking, the catchphrases, the crowd manipulation, the belligerent patriotism, the villain-slamming: It’s all straight out of a preordained WWE storyline.

Trump applies the patriot choke to “heels” like China, the Squad, Pocahontas, Sleepy Joe, Crooked Hillary and radical-left Dems.

He has dragged in the media, too, as villains. Penned in the center of the rally arena behind metal barriers, he assigns us a character as the crowd boos: “Fake News,” the heel, or sometimes “The Enemy of the People!”
The difference is the outcomes aren't necessarily pre-arranged.
It is simultaneously alarming and amusing that the Leader of the Free World is performing like a fictional bad guy, but it needs to be understood, because much of what he says and tweets is only half-serious.

That’s not because he’s channeling “Hitler, Stalin and Mao,” as a CNN guest claimed on Sunday, but because this is how he communicates the great drama of his presidency — in wrestling allegory, as a spectacle of excess.

Last week was a case in point, when Trump called himself “the Chosen One” in a sardonic aside during one of the comic “Chopper Talk” press conferences on the South Lawn of the White House.

The “Fake News Media” played its role to perfection, ginning up stories about the president’s “Messiah complex,” which allowed him to extend the storyline with weekend tweets from the G-7.
The Excessively Earnest People who consider themselves the Political Class and say "at the end of the day" a lot probably don't like it. The younger among those, though, probably never learned about Shakespeare's groundlings.
From a political point of view, Trump’s WWE appropriation makes perfect sense, since the wrestling audience is huge — 800 million households worldwide every week, says WWE — and its demographic aligns with those of his voters: 60 percent are male, 60 percent are white, and more than 60 percent are not college graduates.
Yes, and the Democrats still seem bent on assembling a coalition by holding the groundlings in contempt.

Good luck with that.

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