Donald Trump has already promised to make the Republican National Convention in Cleveland more ‘showbiz,’ but now sources are talking about what he might do.
For one, he’s thinking of debuting his running-mate, live on national television.
Politico is reporting that Trump is trying to ‘maximize the drama and spectacle’ of the four-day affair, which usually includes back-to-back political speeches, broken up with the occasional musical act.
The most interesting thing to happen at the Republican National Convention in Tampa in 2012 was actor Clint Eastwood’s rambling speech, in which he told off an empty chair.
‘This is the part of politics he would naturally enjoy, and he wants to control it 100 percent,’ one Trump insider told the publication. ‘This is a massive television production and he is a television star.’
Unlike the last two GOP picks, nominated for their political experience and relatively moderate politics, Trump’s outsider status brings along with it his decades of real estate prowess and his understanding of reality TV.
As for announcing a vice presidential pick before the convention, which is tradition, one campaign source told Politico that The Donald sees it like ‘announcing [the] winner of “Celebrity Apprentice” before the final show is on the air.’
‘This is one of the only opportunities to create tension and drama in the whole show,’ the source continued. ‘You better believe Mr. Trump understands that and is looking to maximize that.’
Another idea, taking the plan a step further, is to have Trump announce his entire cabinet from the convention stage.
Cabinet assignments aren’t usually doled out until after the election.
Generally, the convention schedule has the nominee only speaking to the masses on the last night of the convention, to top off the week, while the vice presidential pick addresses the audience on the third night.