The media and political foes can accuse Donald Trump of many things but one of them isn’t a failure to think outside of the box. In what will surely serve to further infuriate the establishment, the presumptive Republican nominee has floated the idea of inviting big name pro sports figures to speak at next month’s convention in Cleveland.
With a growing number of sore losers and stuffed shirts refusing to attend the big event out of protest, the Donald is looking to replace the traditional lineup of boring career pols delivering rote platitudes with those who will be more entertaining. Let’s face it, there is far more motivational value in listening to three time Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady than talking point spewing automatons the likes of Mitt Romney, John McCain and the Bushes – all of whom are reportedly skipping the convention this year.
The New York Times is reporting that “Donald Trump Wants Sports Stars, Not Politicians, on Convention Stage”:
Donald J. Trump has some ideas for how to jazz up the Republican National Convention, and he previewed one at a rally here on Friday evening: a “winner’s evening” of sports celebrities and champions addressing the convention rather than politicians.
“We’re going to do it a little different, if it’s O.K.,” he told the crowd. “I’m thinking about getting some of the great sports people who like me a lot.”
After regaling the crowd with the long story of how he successfully courted the endorsement of Bobby Knight, the former Indiana University basketball coach, Mr. Trump rattled off a list of other names of sports figures who he said have supported him. According to the candidate, he also has the support of the star quarterbacks Tom Brady and Ben Roethlisberger; Brian France, the chief executive of Nascar; and Dana White, the president of Ultimate Fighting Championship.
He said he wanted to have them all address the convention, to be held next month in Cleveland, as examples of “winners,” rather than “these people, these politicians who are going to get up and speak and speak and speak.”
It would be the latest in a series of savvy moves for the iconoclastic billionaire who continues to capitalize on the surly mood of fed-up Americans who want to take pitchforks and torches to the political class who have betrayed them. While there is still the matter of the Never Trump dead-enders trying to push for a last minute convention revolt in order to deny Trump the nomination even if if results in collective suicide, the Donald continues to march on.
Trump rubbed even more salt into the wound per the Times piece:
“Our country needs to see winners,” Mr. Trump told the crowd. “We don’t see winners anymore. We have a bunch of clowns running this country. We have people who don’t know what the hell they’re doing running our country.”
While there will be inevitable carping from the elite it will be more sour grapes and hypocrisy. It was Mitt Romney himself who invited legendary actor and director Clint Eastwood to speak on his behalf in Tampa four years ago although the performance fell flat and turned into the punch line for late night TV jokes.
It’s a great idea and the big show should be further augmented by even more celebrity speakers and performers who can actually infuse an event that normally has all the entertainment value of a funeral. A star-studded lineup would also serve to draw more viewers who could be attracted to a revitalized Republican brand instead of watching the gross display of power suckling that will take place in Philadelphia when the Democrats crown Queen Hillary in what will be equivalent of a Soviet style transfer of power.