Commentary: That’s Entertainment, Trump-Style


Commentary: That’s Entertainment, Trump-style

By John Krull

INDIANAPOLIS – So, he was just goofing around.

President Donald Trump’s apologists say the commander-in-chief wasn’t being serious when he said he wanted the Nov. 3 presidential election to be postponed. No, the leader of the free world was trying to josh the mainstream media and fire up his base.

John Krull, publisher,

That’s reassuring.

It’s good to know that – during a pandemic that has claimed the lives of nearly 160,000 Americans, tossed millions of others out of work, and caused the biggest crater in the U.S. economy in history – the president has time to pull pranks.

Doubtless, the folks who were on their way to the cemetery to bury loved ones or who were about to become homeless just split their guts laughing over that presidential practical joke.


That’s the great thing about having someone in the Oval Office whose primary training for leadership was starring in a reality TV show in which he pretended to fire people. He knows that bad news can be material for entertainment.

And a disaster?

Oh, a disaster can make for great comedy.

That’s the genius of this president. He never misreads his audience or the moment.

Less stable geniuses might think that action was called for at this time.

After all, millions of Americans are about to lose their unemployment benefits – the only thing keeping them afloat – and all attempts to extend help to those desperate souls have stalled in Congress, largely because the president’s fellow Republicans in the Senate are fighting amongst themselves. About a thousand of our citizens die every day from COVID-19 and the infection rates are soaring in nearly two-thirds of the states.

Polls show that nearly 80 percent of Americans are convinced the country is out of control.

Other presidents might be working, night and day, to get checks to their fellow citizens who are about to lose their homes. Those other presidents, Republican and Democrat, would see the coronavirus pandemic as a threat to national security and throw everything they and the nation had at containing its spread. They would be summoning us to meet history’s challenge, saying things like “we have nothing to fear but fear itself” or “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.”

Fortunately, we now have a president who doesn’t go in for that sort of foolishness.

His keenly honed leadership skills tell him that being president isn’t about actually doing things and making life better for as many Americans as possible.

No, it’s about putting on a good show.

It’s about getting great ratings.

This president knows that most true Americans would much rather see him rile up CNN than put food in their children’s bellies. They would prefer to see him stick it to The Washington Post than save their parents’ or their grandparents’ lives.

And they definitely want a good belly laugh more than they do a good job and a decent life.

That’s what this president understands in a way that no other president ever has.

He grasps what made the Three Stooges such big stars. They knew that the more pratfalls, the more calamity and mayhem, the better the show. The trick was in pretending to be in control while in reality serving as agents of disaster.

If Moe, Curly and Larry were still alive, doubtless they’d be members of the Trump cabinet.

As it is, their memories serve as an inspiration for all who serve this president now.

President John F. Kennedy was so, so wrong when he tried to summon Americans to meet common challenges by asserting, “Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.”

President Trump realizes that JFK wasn’t even close to asking the right question.

Which is:

“Are we not entertained?”

FOOTNOTE: John Krull is director of Franklin College’s Pulliam School of Journalism and publisher of, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.

This article was posted by the City-County Observer without bias, opinion, or editing.

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  1. ARE you better off than you were 4 years ago?

    Trump is an idiot, we all know that. He is incompetent. And he’s a clown, know that too.

    Trump: DESTROYER of the greatest economy in the world.

    Thanks for an honest assessment. Excellent article.

    • Whoever is programming this bot needs to adjust the unemployment rate. To have proper fear tactics requires just a little truth.

      • WRONG.

        The current U-6, the Real Unemployment Rate, is indeed 18%.

        It accounts for the total, ACTUAL number of people ACTUALLY out of work, instead of the 11.2% unemployment rate……which does not want to count “people who are unemployed, but given up looking for work.”

        Live with that BERNIE.

        Trump is an abject failure!
        And you?
        Go ahead! Brag that Trump’s unemployment rate of 11.2% is “making America great again!”

        You………and Trump…….need to be FIRED!

      • You’re pathetic Bernie.

        The INDY 500……continuing the collapse of America under Trump…..cancelled spectators for the event.

        Trump’s 4th year of his term. America is collapsing.

  2. krull is a lying hack…………pretends to know about yet lies about MAGA daily yet knows nothing about his boss and accused child sex pervert……………………krull typical lying marxist…………………please follow up on this matter krull………….journalism my ass……………………..


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