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Trump once said TV ruined politics. Then it made him a star.


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30533596-7c51-11e6-bd86-b7bbd53d2b5d_story.htmlWashington Post:

In 1980, in one of his first big TV interviews, Donald Trump was asked whether television was ruining politics.


“It’s hurt the process very much,” Trump told NBC’s Rona Barrett. “Abraham Lincoln would probably not be electable today because of television. He was not a handsome man, and he did not smile at all. He would not be considered to be a prime candidate for the presidency — and that’s a shame, isn’t it?”


But in the years since Trump lamented the negative effect of TV, he has embraced it like no presidential candidate in history and has even derided rival candidates he deems not telegenic. Hillary Clinton, he said, doesn’t have “a presidential look, and you need a presidential look.”


On Monday, Trump is set to face Clinton in a presidential debate before as many as 100 million viewers, an unprecedented audience for a U.S. political broadcast that would approach Super Bowl ratings. As a former reality-show star with unmatched TV experience, Trump will walk onstage with expectations that his showman’s flair will be on full display.



Meanwhile, will Hillary even be able to show up?


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