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Trump Plans to Dominate GOP Politics After Leaving Office

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

We can't and shouldn't count Trump out until he actually loses next November but, for what it's worth, Trump is already making plans for life after the White House.

The Daily Beast reports that Trump has been talking to Appreciate creator Mark Burnett about creating a new version of The Apprentice when he leaves office.

This new version would reportedly focus on choosing the Republican party's next leaders.

One of the ideas kicked around by Burnett and the president was shooting a new version of the Trump-branded Apprentice, tentatively titled The Apprentice: White House, and to produce it shortly after the president leaves office. This time, however, the TV program would be explicitly politics-themed and take full advantage of Trump’s status as a former president of the United States and a newfound Republican kingmaker.

“There have been several discussions between Burnett and Trump about The Apprentice: White House,” a person with knowledge of the situation told The Daily Beast. “It is something Burnett thinks could be a money-spinner and Trump is very keen on doing.”

I'm unable to think of a more fitting end of the GOP than to have their future primary selection process essentially replaced by a reality TV show hosted by the realty TV host they installed in the White House.

Unless Republicans finally decide they're willing to oppose Trump after he's out of office, I can't see anything preventing him from doing this.

Maybe Fox News will declare war on Trump if he hosts the show on a rival network. But if he hosts it on Fox, they will guarantee that the next Republican nominee for president is hand-picked by Trump.

But why stop there? Trump could pick the next GOP minority or majority leader in Congress via his reality show. He could pick congressional nominees.

It will be like The Running Man, but for aspiring Republicans.

This raises new questions about Mark Burnett's decision to withhold outtakes from the set of The Apprentice during the 2016 election. Former cast members say Trump used racial slurs during the filming of the show, but Burnett suppressed all the video and it looks like he might have had future business interests in mind.

  • waspuppet

    Trump could pick the next GOP minority or majority leader in Congress via his reality show.

    He doesn’t know what those things are.

  • Actually, given that Trump will be serving time in prison, a better spin off would be “GOP wannabes: Orange is the new Black”.

  • Christopher Foxx

    The Daily Beast reports that Trump has been talking to Appreciate creator Mark Burnett about creating a new version of The Apprentice when he leaves office.

    I know that has to be a typo. Nobody would ever appreciate Trump.

  • muselet

    Donald Trump won’t do it.

    His fragile ego couldn’t handle having ratings lower than reruns of Murder, She Wrote.

    –alopecia

    • mnpollio

      You forget his base that will dutifully tune in nightly. Or the mainstream media, which will lavish unearned airtime on him to promote the nonsense (a la the Les Moonves approach). Or the traffic accident contingent that will tune in out of morbid curiosity.

      • muselet

        With the exception of some die-hard Trumpists, not many people would watch Who Wants to Kiss Donald Trump’s Arse? after the first episode.

        Such a precipitous drop in the Nielsen ratings would be a huge blow to Trump’s ego, no matter how high the ratings for episode 1. I still say the project won’t happen (I could be wrong, it’s happened before).

        –alopecia

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    They’ve done more than talk. They’ve already released a still from Trump’s post-WH reality show.

  • mnpollio

    Mark Burnett and his enabler/wife Roma Downey are trash. Pure and simple.

  • Aynwrong

    If the GOP and it’s donors are unwilling to stand against this they would be declaring to the world that they don’t even want to be taken seriously anymore.

    I agree that at this point nothing would befit the Republican party more than turning their party politics into a literal gameshow but even for today’s Republicans this would be a disgusting new low.

    • Christopher Foxx

      they would be declaring to the world that they don’t even want to be taken seriously anymore.

      They’ve already done that. Years ago.

  • Dread_Pirate_Mathius

    We can’t and shouldn’t count Trump out until he actually loses next November

    A) Let’s not start chicken counting pre-maturely, shall we. His loss is NOT a given. And assuming that it is is why a lot of Democrats / liberals might not turn out.

    B) Who says that, even if he loses, he’ll leave? He’s already made it clear in ’16 that he’ll only accept election results if he wins. What makes anyone thing that if he loses in ’20, he wouldn’t declare it fraud and try to hold on to power while his kool-aid drinking base group thinks their way to supporting him?

    • JMAshby

      You literally quoted me saying we “can’t and shouldn’t count him out.”

      It’s the opposite of chicken counting.