KHON2 political analyst: Part of the allure is that this election isn’t just about politics, it’s about entertainment

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, accompanied by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, left, takes questions from members of the media during a news conference on Super Tuesday primary election night in the White and Gold Ballroom at The Mar-A-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Fla., Tuesday, March 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)


Now this presidential race has been once of the most heated races we’ve seen in years with the votes to match.

More and more people getting out to cast their votes for their candidates.

As KHON2 political analyst John Hart says part of the allure is that this election isn’t just about politics, it’s about entertainment.

With more states in the win column on super Tuesday, Professor John Hart says Hillary appears well on her way, and reality television star/billionaire Donald Trump is looking less like the apprentice, and more like the Republican nominee for president.

“We think about who we want to go to the prom with but there’s that moment where we wind up knowing that it’s not the quarterback. It’s not the cheerleader,” said John Hart Ph.D, KHON2 political analyst.

Hart says super Tuesday is the moment when the race for the White House gets real. And he says Trump has tapped into that reality.

“A lot of Americans – they’re angry. It’s not new with Donald Trump. The history Anytime it’s called demagogues, and we see this in history anytime a moment like this happens.”

Hart also believes the blending of Hollywood and Washington has helped lead us to where we are today as a nation.

“I think we can also reflect upon the increasing entertainmentization of politics. We have people not loading but they’re watching the West Wing.”

This kind of environment where we blur the lines between reality show and politics, and it’s already a fine line, then who better to take advantage of that Donald Trump for better or worse?


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