Matt Purple

The Donald Trump show enters season two

Next up on America, it’s the season two premiere of The Donald Trump Show. All your favorite characters are back—or are they? Will The Mooch be able to scheme and scream his way back into the White House? Will Steve Bannon, last seen indulging a quaff from his hip flask as a door embossed with the words ‘Robert Mueller’ closed behind him, continue his vengeance against the man he helped elect? Will the Wooster-and-Jeeves act of Trump and chief of staff John Kelly endure now that the latter was caught undermining his boss’s authority in a meeting? Find out next only (I mean, it could only be) on Fox.

I’ll readily admit that analogizing the Trump administration to a reality show wasn’t my idea: Kevin Williamson of National Review originally thought it up and Gracy Olmstead at The American Conservative adapted it into her column last week. I’m shamelessly stealing it only because it perfectly encapsulates the topsy-turvy, camera-laden thunderdome that has been Trump’s executive branch. Now, as we mark the one-year anniversary of the most unlikely of presidential inaugurations, we find ourselves wondering what could possibly top season one. Consider that Trump was recently accused of having an affair with an adult film actress during the first year of his third marriage. That would normally be big news in a country with Puritan forebears, yet because Trump was bogged down with so much other wackiness, congress in session between a president and porn star was relegated to minor subplot at best. Surely such a man can keep us going for at least one more strong season.

Last season’s penultimate episode, titled ‘Shithole Countries,’ was everything it should have been: Trump, seemingly riding high after signing needed tax reform into law, kicked in his own teeth yet again by demeaning third-world nations like Haiti during a meeting.

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