Trump’s Schwarzenegger problem

Source: Reason
by Matt Welch

“In any B-grade action movie, this is the part where the antagonist says, ‘We are not so different, you and I.’ For in fact Trump and Schwarzenegger have even more in common than hosting the same television show, taking the same unusual career path from celebrity to executive office, and surviving the same type of sexual allegations. Each man was a rank outsider in the field he would come to dominate: the bodybuilder with a thick accent in Hollywood, the Queens hustler in Manhattan real estate and high society. Each would live their lives surrounded by liberal Democrats, including sometimes at home. And each exceeded skeptics’ expectations at nearly every step, in large part due to a conscious cultivation of consumer fan bases. It’s that last commonality, as applied to politics, that provides the cautionary tale.” (for publication 04/17)