Last updated on July 17th, 2023 at 07:14 pm
The myth that Donald Trump is a special political ratings draw was smashed as Trump’s acceptance speech had about the same number of viewers as Mitt Romney’s did in 2012, and 10 million fewer viewers than John McCain did in 2008.
Donald Trump promised that he would double the television ratings for his convention, Trump’s screaming rant of an acceptance speech drew 30 million viewers + streaming, which was on par with what Mitt Romney drew in 2012.
Trump began with big plans. In May, Politico reported, “From speaking slots to prime-time moments reserved for himself, the television celebrity and Manhattan billionaire is dealing directly in the details of his coronation as Republican nominee to maximize the drama and spectacle of the party’s four-night convention.”
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Trump wanted to go big on entertainment. He wanted sports stars, or as he calls them, “winners” to speak at his convention. One by one, the winners turned him down. Tom Brady said no. Tim Tebow said no. Even Chicago Bears coaching legend Mike Ditka said no. The RNC squashed Trump’s plan to have convicted murderer and boxing promoter Don King speak that convention, and after a huge public outcry, Trump had to scrap his plan to have convicted rapist Mike Tyson speak at the convention.
What Trump ended up with was a bunch of his friends, people who never spoke a political convention before, the fringes of the Republican Party, Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan, a diss from Ted Cruz, and tons of Trump family.
It was not good television.
The record ratings never came. Donald Trump’s convention, much like his candidacy, failed to live up to what he promised. Donald Trump isn’t the big ratings draw that he claims to be. In fact, it turns that Republicans have managed to nominate nothing more than orange Mitt Romney with impulse control issues as their candidate for president.
Donald Trump lied, and the Republican Party died.
Jason is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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