No wonder people are tired of this act.
What some critics never seem to get about Trump is that he is more a pop culture phenomenon than a politician.
“In the 21st century, fascism will not come with concentration camps and swastikas, it’ll come with a smiley face and a TV show,” Michael Moore, the liberal film maker, observed in 2018.
“It was that TV show that made Trump a beloved figure in the United States,” Moore added. “People loved watching The Apprentice.”
That insight is in keeping with something I first heard from the late right-wing provocateur Andrew Breitbart. He said: “Politics is downstream of culture.”
But if pop culture celebrity is a winning hand, it is also a fact that Americans do not like reruns.