Friday, July 29, 2016

Doesn't the tangerine-faced grifter know there's an internet?

(with apologies to Jon Stewart)

July 29, 2016:

The New York Times, July 1, 2016:

With just over two weeks until the Republican National Convention opens in Cleveland, Donald J. Trump’s preparations for what is usually a polished and highly choreographed affair are looking a lot like the Trump campaign itself: chaotic, freewheeling and unpredictable.

Much of the program remains in flux, including who will speak, how and when Mr. Trump will arrive, and what he will say when he does.

And after months of promising that his convention would be special, and not “boring” like previous ones, Mr. Trump says he is now embracing a less-is-more approach.

One thing there will be less of, which might come as a surprise to anyone expecting all the brashness and ubiquity of Trump branding, is the candidate himself.

“What they’ve asked me to do is to speak all three nights. I turned it down,” he said in an interview from his Fifth Avenue office one recent afternoon.

Not that people aren’t clamoring to see more of him, of course. “Everybody wants that,” he insisted. But he said he demurred for fear of looking too self-absorbed. “I don’t want people to think I’m grandstanding — which I’m not,” he said, before adding, almost reflexively, “But it would get high ratings.”

In fact, the convention Mr. Trump described sounded rather humdrum, at least by his standards. He promised it would be fun — but not too fun — tasteful, serious and on message. And while he dismissed recent Republican conventions as lackluster affairs, he said he would not attempt anything too loud and bold.
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At one point, two aides confirmed, Mr. Trump was not even aware that the event had to be held in Cleveland, a decision made almost two years ago by the Republican National Committee.
Much of what Mr. Trump and his team have decided is what will be off the agenda, not what will be on it.
When he saw the drawings for the stage he would speak on, Mr. Trump sent them back. “I didn’t like the shape,” he said. “Too straight. Too nothing. Didn’t have the drama.”

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