If there’s any aspect of Donald Trump
’s power that the mainstream media consistently underestimates (in part because it sounds so trivializing to say it out loud), it’s the power he derives from being the entertainer-in-chief. He’s the first American president who’s at once a shock-jock comedian, a boardroom P.T. Barnum
still coasting on his “Apprentice” aura, and a loudmouth professional wrestler who uses smears and lies instead of elbow drops and piledrivers. All of which is to say that President Trump, regardless of whether you think he’s a great leader or the biggest danger this country has ever faced, is always a creature of showbiz. To deny that is to underestimate him.
In the first presidential debate between Trump and his Democratic challenger Joe Biden
, which was held at the Health Education Campus of Case Western Reserve University
in Cleveland, Trump played the role