Trust me – the Show will go on

Bruce Maples (bruceinlouisville@gmail.com)
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Saturday Night Live broadcast a brilliant fake TV ad in which SNL cast members lamented the past four years of “scandal, name calling, and racial division” under Donald Trump, while at the same time worrying that “if Donald Trump isn’t president, then what are we going to talk about?”

“My entire personality is hating Donald Trump,” SNL’s Melissa Villaseñor (playing a housewife) confessed. “If he’s gone, what am I supposed to do?”

“I am really worried about Rachel Maddow,” SNL stalwart Kenan Thompson bemoaned. “Like, what is she even going to talk about?”

“I’ll be fine! I swear!” the MSNBC commentator quickly tweeted in good humor.

But the satiric ad ended with a real-life realization: Donald Trump isn’t going anywhere.

The ad parody didn’t mention the probability that Trump would make good on his onetime plan to start his own television network, allowing him to spew hatred and crazy conspiracy theories and launch petty attacks on real and perceived enemies. That alone would probably be enough to keep him in the limelight, which he desperately needs.

But, in the likely event that Trump is defeated next month, he’ll be fair game for subpoenas, charges, and more, starting Jan. 21. Even if he himself isn’t indicted (also quite unlikely), Trump will be deposed in the trials of innumerable cronies, quislings, and shady associates in the United States and abroad. It will be all Trump, all the time.

The U.S. Supreme Court has already given Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. access to Trump’s tax records. Thanks to The New York Times, Americans have already seen some questionable dealings that merit further investigation. New York Attorney General Letitia James was already looking into allegations of tax fraud based on the Congressional testimony of Trump fixer Michael Cohen. And does anyone doubt, once Donald Trump goes from President Trump to Citizen Trump, that Deutsche Bank, which Trump has repeatedly stiffed, won’t sacrifice him in order to settle their allegations of money laundering?

Looks like Donald Trump may well become a reality-TV star once again. Let’s just call this show The People v. Donald J. Trump: American Crime Story.

Donald Trump’s always bragging about his ratings, and this time it could actually be true; Trump on trial should rival the ratings of the O.J. Simpson miniseries.

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