More TV Drama For Donald Trump: Now, On-Screen Violent Behavior

With GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, you never know what’s next. He’s now associated with high-drama skirmishes during his rallies — shown on TV, apparently.

We don’t know where this story is going. However, like any good TV drama, you can’t help but watch.

Adding marketing political fuel, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said on TV recently that what is going on with Donald Trump is “political arson.”  Guessing many candidates would like to light a fire under certain voters.

What’s left for presidential candidates? More cameras in the audience of their rallies, attack ads — or something more sobering?

Since the first of the year, the “Donald J. Trump For President” effort has spent a grand total of $27,637 for national TV advertising, according to

During this time, nearly $4.9 million has been spent in national TV advertising for all presidential candidates. After the spending for “Hillary for America” -- some $1.9 million -- comes the Conservative Solutions PAC, totaling $1.38 million. Much of this GOP PAC spending, according to analysts, are attack ads on Trump.



Is this spending making a difference? Trump is still the dominant GOP candidate in polls -- even with Sen. Ted Cruz making delegate gains.  

Now there’s violence rising. Trump blamed supporters of Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders’ campaign for this activity. Trump even called off an event in Chicago because of what could have been a dangerous situation.

Absence may make the heart grow fonder. All that means the next event might draw even bigger crowds -- if not more TV news coverage. More drama?

Even if you don’t believe any of this is planned, the result is clear. We all want to watch -- and perhaps get titillated.

4 comments about "More TV Drama For Donald Trump: Now, On-Screen Violent Behavior".
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  1. David Reich from Reich Communications, Inc., March 15, 2016 at 3:49 p.m.

    Wayne, I fault the media for reporting on all of Trump's antics ad nauseum.  His insults and taunts should not be the lead story, even though it makes for juicy gossip-type reading or watching.  But it's not really news.  If he talks specifics about policy, that's the real news we should be getting.

    Early on, his antics were crazy and sort of fun to watch.  Now, it's clear his rhetoric is dangerous and divisive, and just pandering to the people he's trying to win over.  Do you think he really cares about the little guys?  He only cares about them for their votes, and reporters haven't questioned him on that.

    So he's been able to get the media buy of the century, because of the media's given it to him.

  2. Martin von Ruden from TIN ROOF, March 15, 2016 at 3:53 p.m.

    Obviously taken from the "Jerry Springer" playbook.

  3. Linda Moskal from WNPV Radio, March 15, 2016 at 5:26 p.m.

    If Trump was talking policy and the media reported it, they would be required to provide equal time to his opponents.  This way they are simply reporting "news" and if the others don't act out enough to cause riots, etc., they aren't news-worthy and so don't get equal time.  

  4. Paula Lynn from Who Else Unlimited, March 15, 2016 at 11:23 p.m.

    Wayne, your commentators are the ones on target here.

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