We've seen plenty of politicians use their campaigns as a glorified book tour, but Donald Trump may go further than that by starting his own cable network.
The Republican presidential nominee is reportedly exploring the possibility of launching his own cable channel and media business with the intention of monetizing the mob that follows him.
From Vanity Fair:
According to several people briefed on the discussions, the presumptive Republican nominee is examining the opportunity presented by the “audience” currently supporting him. He has also discussed the possibility of launching a “mini-media conglomerate” outside of his existing TV-production business, Trump Productions LLC. He has, according to one of these people, enlisted the consultation of his daughter Ivanka Trump and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who owns the The New York Observer. Trump’s rationale, according to this person, is that, “win or lose, we are onto something here. We’ve triggered a base of the population that hasn’t had a voice in a long time.” For his part, Kushner was heard at a New York dinner party saying that “the people here don’t understand what I’m seeing. You go to these arenas and people go crazy for him.”
In other words, Donald Trump wants to replace Fox News with Trump News.
It would be absolutely delicious if the Fox News media empire is threatened by Trump after more a year of licking his boots. I can hardly wait.