“Did we think this clown, this buffoon with the funny hair, would ever become a world leader? Not once. Ever.” Those are words from a reality show producer that worked on the Apprentice with Donald Trump. He sat down in an interview with Vanity Fair to talk about some interesting facts following the election.
Bill Pruitt is a reality television veteran. He’s worked on shows like the Amazing Race and the Deadliest Catch. He explained how Trump’s image of a businessman was preserved when he got involved in reality television. It seemed that Trump’s business was sinking down, but by getting his own television show people would think that he was a big shot.
“At the very same time, some clever producers were putting forth a manufactured story about a billionaire whose empire was, in actuality, crumbling at the very same time he took the job, the salary, and ownership rights to do a reality show. The Apprentice’ was a scam put forth to the public in exchange for rating. We were ‘entertaining,’ and the story about Donald Trump and his stature fell into some bizarre public record as ‘truth.’”
So it wasn’t surprising to see Donald Trump become a scam politician, a seller of venom who is neither interested nor qualified to govern. He just seemed to know how to use the media to scam the middle class. With the help of conservative media networks that exacerbated the paranoia and distrust felt by working class voters, Donald Trump was able to trick himself into office.
Pruitt went on to directly blame the media: “Now that the lines of fiction and reality have blurred to the horrifying extent that they have, those involved in the media must have their day of reckoning.”