Hey! You know who I haven’t talked about around here in a while is Donald Fucking Trump. Today is the dumb National Prayer Breakfast (at which there will be 60 — 60!!! — Russians for some reason), and on his way out to attend the event, Trump managed to tweet about what was most important to him about it — The Apprentice.
First of all, this is just pitiful. I don’t know if Trump is basking in his past “triumph” on a reality show (which, honestly, was not that all triumphant, often coming in last in its time slot) to make himself feel better about all of his recent “winning,” including the downturn of the stock market, the looming Mueller investigation, the fact that the Nunes memo did not, as he claimed, vindicate him, and the most recent staffing scandal in which the White House knowingly employed a wife beater, but the only word for this is pitiful.
Second of all, this is not the first time he’s been focused on The Apprentice at the National Prayer Breakfast. At last year’s event, he mocked Arnold Schwarzenegger’s ratings, because Schwarzenegger had the audacity to criticize Trump’s job as President. Why he’s dragging up today his ratings on a show that aired years ago is as baffling as it is revealing.
Because third of all, notice what this tweet does not mention: God. Faith. The actual act of prayer. He is more excited about a reality TV producer being in attendance than any particular faith leader. That’s because in this tweet (and in his reprehensible behavior at the event last year), he is revealing for all to see — including his Evangelical base — what his real God is: TV. He doesn’t care about religion, he cares about ratings. He doesn’t care about faith, he cares about followers. He doesn’t care about God, he cares only about himself.
Another recent example of this was his speech on Monday in which he “joked” that members of Congress who didn’t stand during his State of the Union address were committing “treason.” I dithered for days on whether or not to mention this incident in this space, trying to decide if it was worth including as another example of this asshole’s assault on the First Amendment even though it wasn’t explicitly media related, but I figured you’d probably heard enough about it by now.
However, in the wake of this weird, grasping, and desperate National Prayer Breakfast tweet, it’s worth bringing back up because both instances reveal so much about what really matters to the most powerful man in the world: being liked, adored, worshipped, even. And if you do not like, adore or worship him, he will label you a traitor or call for you to be “stopped,” with all the dangerous connotations that loaded terms brings with it:
Trump is pitiful, yes, but never forget that he is also the single most dangerous man in the world.
In other politics and TV news:
ABC News is focusing on some very specific congressional districts in the upcoming midterms, and my neighboring district here in Houston is one of them.
On a panel about politics in television, writers for Veep, The West Wing, and The Good Fight all agree that aspiration is important — though the Veep showrunner had to twist himself into knots to explain how Selina Meyer is “aspirational.” SURE THING, DUDE.
Go visit the Newseum next time you’re in DC. They could use the visitors.
A couple of points of Olympic business:
- If you are up at 6 a.m. tomorrow morning, you can catch the Opening Ceremonies on NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports app.
- Here’s a schedule for when the biggest events will be broadcast.
- But if you don’t want to watch the Olympics AT ALL, here are some alternatives.
Boy George was almost locked away in the Big Brother house but escaped by the skin of his teeth. Good for you, Georgie.
If you missed last night’s Drunk History, I DEMAND you go watch it ASAP. Not only is there a great bit about the creation of hip-hop narrated by a very drunk Questlove that will amaze you, but the segment on Star Trek‘s Nichelle Nichols is just plain terrific. I already knew the MLK part, but her work with NASA was new to me. God damned hero, that one.
Ooh, here’s another delicious Game of Thrones spoiler for your consumption.
This is just a very good list of all the weirdest things that have happened on The Bachelor and The Bachelorette. Although, I might have included the Producers’ decision to cast an obvious racist on the first Black Bachelorette’s season.
If you were looking for someone to give you permission to watch old TV shows, here you go.
Salma Hayek claims that Harvey Weinstein threatened to break her kneecaps. He just seems nicer and nicer by the day.
Nick Carter’s accuser has filed charges with the police. He claims the relationship was consensual.
Kate Upton has elaborated on her allegations against Guess co-founder Paul Marciano.
Hillary Clinton encouraged more women to get into politics and to keep being heard.
- Sunny Day has been renewed at Nickelodeon.
- Fright Club and Nail the Look have been renewed at Snapchat. Related: Snapchat has shows.
- CBS is giving the comedy 25 a pilot order.
- Amazon has bought The Feed, from a Walking Dead writer.
- The Tiger Who Came for Tea is being turned into a children’s series.
- Bryan Fuller is not joining Amazing Stories for Apple after all. And as a result, producer Hart Hanson is out, too.
- Afton Williamson has been cast as Nathan Fillion’s co-star in ABC’s The Rookie.
- Doug Jones, Beanie Feldstein, Jake McDorman and Mark Proksch has been cast in What We Do in the Shadows.
- Esme Creed-Miles, Joel Kinnaman, and Mireille Enos have joined Hanna on Amazon, thereby setting something of a The Killing reunion.
- Thomas Lennon will appear on For the People.
- Theodore Pellerin is joining the OA.
- Virginia Kull has been added to Mr. Mercedes.
- Allison Dunbar is joining StartUp on Crackle.
- Hart Bochner is joining Amazon’s Too Old to Die Young.
- Úrsula Corberó will be in Crackle’s Snatch.
- Raul Esparza has left Law & Order: SVU. But Phillip Winchester has joined the cast.
- We have casting info about the Charmed reboot, and it turns out one of the sisters is going to be a “violent” lesbian.
Mark Your Calendars
- Jersey Shore Family Vacation will premiere on April 5 on MTV.
- Imposters returns on Bravo on April 5.
- Flip or Flop Vegas returns on HGTV on March 15.
- Truck Night in America debuts on History on March 8.
Mickey Jones, Actor on Home Improvement and Justified and Bob Dylan’s and Kenny Rogers’ drummer
The Winter Olympics: OK, so this is super confusing, but there will be figure skating and moguls tonight even though the opening ceremonies won’t air until tomorrow night, but I think these events might have taken place after the opening ceremonies because it’s already tomorrow in Seoul and I don’t know but all of this is giving me a nosebleed. 7 p.m., NBC
The Four: I don’t actually care about who wins, I’m just curious how they’re going to work around one of the judges not being there anymore. Season finale. 7 p.m., Fox
Late Night: Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Andrew Garfield, Rachel Brosnahan, Bonnie McFarlane Late Night with Seth Meyers: Jason Jones, the Broadway cast of “Once On This Island”, Alan Cage The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Joel McHale, Yara Shahidi, Joywave The Late Late Show with James Corden: Meghan Trainor, Guillermo del Toro, Jamie Lee Jimmy Kimmel Live: Ellen Pompeo, Elise Trouw Conan: Jamie Dornan, Jenna Fischer, Jena Friedman The Daily Show: Steve Aoki The Opposition with Jordan Klepper: arana Burke Watch What Happens Live: Maury Povich, Connie Chung
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