Sasse: I Have ‘Lots of Anxiety’ About Trump’s Reality TV World’s Effect on Our Kids


During Politico’s “Off Message” podcast discussing his book “The Vanishing American Adult,” never-Trumper Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) said President Donald Trump “comes out of a reality TV world,”  which gives him “lots of anxiety about whether or not that kind of world is really what we want for our kids.” Sasse said of Trump, “The president has had kind of three careers en route to becoming president. I think of them as three 10–15-year careers. He had real estate where he was really successful. He sort of took his dad’s model of the outer boroughs and brought a new real estate model to Manhattan, and he was successful doing that from the mid-seventies until1990. Then he had a bunch of operating companies for 10 or 15 years I guess, casinos and operating companies—most of those failed. And then he had the career that really launched him into the presidency, which is celebrity reality TV. He continued, “And let’s be clear—the guy is a marketing genius. He recognized far before Politico and other media outlets recognized, you are going to have a disintermediation of media channels. The barriers to entry were going down. There would be far more entrance. There would be

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