Saturday April 09, 2016

What Liberal Hollywood? Trump's 'Air Force One' Entrance

Being all “What Liberal Hollywood?” like I am, this quote from Hope Hicks, 27, Donald Trump’s campaign spokesperson, in Gabriel Sherman’s profile of Trump campaign headquarters in New York Magazine, caught my eye:

“Look at the rally we did in Mesa, Arizona, December 16th,” added Hicks. “That was the first one when we pulled the plane in and ‘Air Force One’ [the theme song of the 1997 movie starring Harrison Ford] was playing. It’s efficient. It’s for branding ... ”

Again. Again the right-wing uses the tropes of Hollywood even as it condemns Hollywood.

Off the top of my head:

  • Donald Trump goes for the music of “Air Force One.” (“Get off my plane!”/”Get out of my country!”)
  • The NRA makes its pitch for more guns: “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.”
  • John McCain during the 2008 election: “I’m like Jack Bauer.”
  • W., post 9/11, on bin Laden: “There’s an old poster out west that I recall that said: ‘Wanted Dead or Alive.’”
  • Reagan: “I have only one thing to say to the tax increasers: ‘Go ahead, Make my day.’”

The GOP is so insubstantial and absolutist now, it's more like a competing studio than a political party. It's just having a little trouble with its leading man. Casting calls are going out. 

Posted at 07:15 AM on Saturday April 09, 2016 in category What Liberal Hollywood?  
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