It seems US Presidential aspirant Donald Trump is more interested in being in show business rather than being a politician as he has mastered the art of gaining attention rather than acquire even a rudimentary understanding of foreign policy.
With the recent controversies involving Trump affecting his chances of victory in the general election become increasingly small, political observers speculate that his most obvious post-election plan is to start a media venture.
A Trump TV, for example, could act as a hub of opposition to the Hillary Clinton government, the Republican establishment and the liberal mainstream media if Trump loses the election.
According to The Financial Times, Trump’s 35-year-old son-in-law, Jared Kushner is currently in talks with a top media dealmaker in creating a Trump network to cash in on the presidential aspirant’s political movement if he loses the race for the White House.
Kushner, who is also rumored to be Trump’s real campaign manager, is an up-and-coming media entrepreneur who owns the New York Observer. He reportedly contacted Aryeh Bourkoff, chief executive of LionTree which is a boutique investment bank with a history of media deals, within the past couple of months.
In light of this new information, suspicions are mounting that Trump is using his campaign funds as a launching pad for a right-wing media empire. Speculations have also grown throughout the campaign as he surrounded himself with people who have already monetized right-wing discontent.
Add to the fact that some of the senior figures of the Trump campaign have already built right-wing media careers. Roger Ailes, the chief executive and founder of Fox News, who left the said network after accusations of sexual harassment, has become a senior adviser of Trump while the chief executive of the Trump campaign, Steve Bannon, was the former head of the alt-right online news outfit Breitbart.
It appears that Trump is laying the groundwork for such an enterprise as he continues to claim that the election is rigged by a “dishonest and distorted media pushing Crooked Hillary.”
In response to the story, the Republican senator Ben Sasse tweeted sarcastically, “Who could possibly have seen this one coming?”
Who could have possibly seen this one coming? https://t.co/wWYrP3Onnl
— Ben Sasse (@BenSasse) October 17, 2016
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