Donald Trump is seemingly just as comfortable on television as he is off of it, since the current presidential candidate has regularly appeared in both scripted shows and reality TV (among other things) for decades. So when rumors starting piling up that Trump's campaign was making movement on a TV network devoted to the business mogul, it wasn't overly surprising. Everyone's reactions to such things might have been done for no reason, though, if Trump is to be believed. Here's what he had to say.
No, I have no interest in Trump TV. I hear it all over the place. I have a tremendous fan base, we have a tremendous base. We have the most incredible people, but I just don't have any interest in that. I have one interest, that's on Nov. 8.
Well that's about as straightforward as an answer can be, and it seems as if unleashing Trump TV onto the candidate's widespread fanbase isn't something he cares much about. At least, not before the election happens, since all of his efforts are devoted to getting that last campaign push now that early voting has opened up. But what about after the election?
Donald Trump gave his views on Trump TV while giving an interview on Scott Sloan's radio show on Cincinnati's 700WLW, and after giving some positive thoughts on how he assumes the election will go, he said once again that he has no interest in what happens beyond that. And if he does win the election and becomes President of the United States for the next four years or more, then it's totally understandable that he wouldn't want to get tied up in a venture as multi-headed as a TV network. But if he loses to Hillary Clinton, the future opens up for a world of possibilities for Trump to reach his diehard league of followers.
Many assumed that the road to Trump TV was getting some early pavement last night, when the Republican's campaign announced it would combat mass media by putting up its own nightly election coverage via a Facebook Live stream from Trump Tower. Had this been a middle of the afternoon affair, that'd be one thing, but the webcasts are airing at the same time as nightly news shows across the country, so no one can be blamed for thinking this is a test flight for a larger endeavor.
Donald Trump has already changed TV a lot since he began his campaign for the White House, with cable news networks getting massive viewership complementing the overwhelming number of people who tuned into the three debates. (Both the real ones and the SNL ones.) And you don't have to look hard to find shows making references to Trump, or even having to change written material because of how his campaign has gone. An entire network devoted to Trump and his ideals would only expand on that influence, but it probably won't be happening. At least not in the next two weeks.