Donald Trump: Reality TV for Politics

Dr. Louis Perron
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Donald Trump basically brought reality television to politics. And in the age of reality television (or reality politics for that matter), authenticity is key. Voters are willing to gloss over a lot of things. They forgive their leaders character flaws and they are willing to turn a blind eye on policy disagreements if they feel that they are being given the real deal. That’s one thing Donald Trump has going for him: Everybody feels that in front of the camera he acts and speaks more or less the same as behind the camera. You may like or dislike him, but most people would agree that he is real. As different as they may be in other aspects, I think the same is true for Jeremy Corbyn in Britain or Rodrigo Duterte in the Philippines. Voters genuinly believe that they are basically the same personalities once the camera is off – and in the age of reality politics, this is a tremendous plus.

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