Aug 18, 2016 4:58 PM GMT
A few months ago, several journalists proffered that Trump's end-game wasn't the presidency of the USA, but rather the creation of an ultra-conservative, tea party-like media empire (much like Fox) that would capitalize on the Republican base that he has conned over the course of his presidential candidacy. See, for example, http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2016/06/donald-trump-tv-network. See also http://news.groopspeak.com/trump-starting-new-business-venture-after-the-election/. This suggestion has gained traction recently in light of recent developments in the Trump campaign--for example, the hiring of conspiracy theorist Stephen Bannon, Breitbart Media's controversial chairman. I'm beginning to think that Trump may well be thinking of "monetizing" his run for the presidency. In fact, one of his closest advisers is his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who is now a major player in the social media/newspaper business.