The Media Entertainment Complex (MEC) is going all in to destroy Trump on behalf of the Democratic Party. I wonder how liberals would react if Saturday Night Live did a sexist sketch like the one last night about Elizabeth Warren (preferably in full native American regalia) instead of Kelly Anne Conway:
Paul has already noted the ruckus over the supposed ethics violation of Kelly Anne suggesting on air that people buy Ivanka Trump’s products, but I doubt this is a formal violation of ethics rules which are intended to prevent presidents or their staffs from appearing in product advertisements, etc. And what are Trump’s people supposed to do in the face of ostentatiously reported and organized boycott campaigns? I hope Ivanka’s sales soar.
But there are other ways of going about this. I recall a story Martin Anderson once told me about Reagan. Anderson, who had been a senior domestic policy aide to Reagan, had one of the first pro-Reagan books coming out in early 1988, while Reagan was still in office, called Revolution, in bright red letters on the cover. Marty had called Reagan and asked if the president would be willing to offer a dust jacket blurb. Reagan declined, citing the ethics guidelines against doing product endorsements while in office.
But then, when book came out a few months later, Reagan did some thing better. Stepping off Marine One on the south lawn one afternoon, he was carrying Revolution under his arm, with the title prominently displayed to the cameras. And Reagan stopped to take a couple of questions from the press corps (which he usually did not do), and sure enough, the book title was plainly visible on the evening news broadcasts, and a picture of Reagan with Revolution under his arm appeared in the next issue of Time or Newsweek. Hard to get a much better product endorsement than that.
But remember, Reagan was a dunce. The media told us so. The Trump people might want to study Reagan’s subtleties, though. All the better to keep the liberal crazy at full boil.
Now, if only I can get Trump to do this: