Initially, I thought this was a brilliant trolling piece by The Onion but no, it’s just Putin being Putin.
Fashion Week at the RNC
I’ve leave it for others to dissect the politics of the Republican convention in Cleveland, Ohio and focus on the important stuff: fashion. From the kitsch of Trump socks juxtaposed with the show-stopping Roksanda dress worn by Melania Trump to Stephen Colbert’s very sparkly red, white, and blue attire, a look at convention couture over the past few days.
Full disclosure: be assured, the Dems in Philly will get their runway review next week.
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T minus one week to Cleveland, two weeks until Philly, and 120 days to Election Day.
Little known fact: “Cleveland Rocks”, most famously sung by The Presidents of the United States of America and the theme song for “The Drew Carey Show”, was written by British singer-songwriter, Ian Hunter. The song was first released in 1977 under the title “England Rocks” on a single in the United Kingdom, predating the release of the “Cleveland” version by two years.
Why does Cleveland matter? From July 18-21, it’s home to the 2016 GOP Convention where Donald J. Trump is expected to be officially nominated/sanctioned as the Republican candidate for the U.S. Presidential election on November 8th.
And on that note, I need to find my credentials and riot gear. See you there!
The politics of entertainment
Having covered politics and entertainment, I’m aware they’re decidedly similar — namely fame and influence — but does star power translate into voter appeal? Hollywood makes the campaign trail slightly more interesting yet I can’t imagine a sizable number of potential voters saying, “Hey, I was undecided about [candidate] but since [celebrity] likes you, I know who I’m voting for!”
Let’s look at some of the endorsements, to date.
If you’re looking for A-listers, Hillary Clinton has it in abundance: Beyonce, Katy Perry, Kim Kardashian West, Lady Gaga, Kerry Washington, Eva Longoria, Morgan Freeman, Anna Wintour, Salma Hayek, and Robert De Niro, to name a few.
“Feeling the Bern” celebrity supporters include Susan Sarandon, Daniel Craig,
Will Ferrell, Mark Ruffalo, Sarah Silverman, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Danny DeVito, Neil Young, Bonnie Rait, Jackson Brown, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Spike Lee although Ferrell recently switched to Team Hillary.
As for Donald Trump, who commands a dominant lead in polling numbers across the U.S., as well as winner of New Hampshire and South Carolina, he’s received accolades from Gary Busey, David Lee Roth, Mike Tyson, Ted Nugent, Stephen Baldwin, Dennis Rodman, Hulk Hogan, and Wayne Newton.
Rounding out the remaining GOP candidates, Ted Cruz, wearing camouflage attire, scored the approval of Phil Robertson from “Duck Dynasty” while Tim Allen lends his support and voice to John Kasich’s bid for the White House. As for Marco Rubio, he recently welcomed Donny Wahlberg‘s endorsement while Ben Carson got Kelsey Grammer and Kid Rock, which admittedly, I did not see coming.