The Real Housewives of the White House

What comes to mind when you think of conflict, chaos, extravagance and treachery? Hollywood? Politics? Perhaps Ramona, Teresa, and Bethenny of Bravo’s The Real Housewives?

Or Ivanka, Melania, Kellyanne, and Omarosa of the Real White House?

It’s getting harder and harder to separate reality shows from reality.

Has Countess LuAnn jetted off to Cancun? Is Melania at Mar-a-Largo? And how did Donald Trump’s controversial Apprentice contestant Omarosa Manigault wind up in the White House, recently informing PBS’ Frontline that “Every critic, every detractor, will have to bow down to President Trump?”

For liberals and some moderate Republicans baffled by how Trump was elected, I suggest watching The Real Housewives series. It’s no accident that the franchise is such a cash cow for Bravo. Network president Andy Cohen recently called Trump a “first season Real Housewife”, and told NBC’s Seth Meyers that “there are so many parallels” between the Housewives and Trump’s election.

Why would anyone enjoy watching narcissistic, entitled brats living in gated communities go at each other? For the same reason Trump is in the White House: Whether in the movies, on TV or stage, we can’t get enough of conflict, drama and chutzpah. I’ve learned the hard way that without injecting constant conflict into my plays, people start to tune out. It’s just human nature. Ask any actor: The juiciest role is the villain.

No one knows this better than Trump. Even at 70, he is the embodiment of the modern TV reality star. His Apprentice followed the same script as his election, knocking out competitors one by one. Whatever your politics, it’s undeniable that the Trump presidency has been virtually non-stop conflict and drama. That’s no accident__Trump instinctively knows how to exploit people’s craving for never-ending spectacle and suspense. And it’s paid off for him “bigly”, both in entertainment and politics.

Al Gore might have made a fine president. Unfortunately, he was also a crashing bore. We live in a short attention span world, and we’re not going back anytime soon. If the Democrats nominate another Gore or John Kerry or yes, Hillary Clinton in 2020, they deserve whatever they get. I’m not saying it’s fair, or even right__but it’s definitely reality.







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