Danger: Donald Trump really does think he’s running a reality TV show, not the White House. He’s picking top officials based on how they look:
“He likes people who present themselves very well, and he’s very impressed when somebody has a background of being good on television because he thinks it’s a very important medium for public policy,” said Chris Ruddy, chief executive of Newsmax Media and a longtime friend of Trump. “Don’t forget, he’s a showbiz guy. He was at the pinnacle of showbiz, and he thinks about showbiz. He sees this as a business that relates to the public.”
“The look might not necessarily be somebody who should be on the cover of GQ magazine or Vanity Fair,” Ruddy said. “It’s more about the look and the demeanor and the swagger” [Philip Rucker and Karen Tumulty, “Donald Trump Is Holding a Casting Call. He’s Seeking ‘The Look’,” Washington Post, 2016.12.21].
Several of Trump’s associates said they thought that John R. Bolton’s brush-like mustache was one of the factors that handicapped the bombastic former United Nations ambassador in the sweepstakes for secretary of state.
“Donald was not going to like that mustache,” said one associate, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to speak frankly. “I can’t think of anyone that’s really close to Donald that has a beard that he likes” [Rucker and Tumulty, 2016.12.21].
Good grief! John Bolton’s mustache is the only reason to appoint him to public office!
Such superficiality in the White House is producing a Cabinet more suited to reality television than real policymaking. That bodes ill for all of us.