Looks like Trump TV is now a reality. It’s something I have said was coming since this whole campaign cycle started. I’m far from alone on that prediction. Nightly campaign coverage starts tonight at 6:30 pm EST, streaming on Trump’s Facebook page. The hosts will be Boris Epshteyn, Cliff Sims and Tomi Lahren. That last one surprises me. I wonder if this means she’s leaving TheBlaze. Beck has been good to her, but she’s been a Trumpster from the beginning. I guess we’ll see. If Trump loses, look for a whole network to pop up. Talking heads like Sean Hannity and Sarah Palin will surely migrate there. You might even see people like Rush Limbaugh and Bill O’Reilly. It’s not something I will ever tune into.
On Donald Trump’s Facebook page, which livestreamed a pre-debate show last week, the debate itself followed for a little fewer than 200,000 concurrent viewers. A post-debate program full of panels, pre-recorded bits and complete with anchors and all the other trappings of a news program was in play. Rumors have been swirling all over the place that his son-in-law Jared Kushner is cooking a deal for the network. If so, it will come with a built-in audience of all those dispossessed after a Trump loss.
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Trump’s network is claiming it is an antidote to the “mainstream media.” Right Side Broadcasting Network, a conservative online media network that live streams Trump rallies, filmed the pre- and post- debate show, on which the common refrain was: “The mainstream media is against us.” Also pushed was: “By far his best debate. A clear and decisive victory.” Trump adviser Boris Epshteyn, who served a a co-host along with Trump adviser Cliff Sims, declared it “the greatest Republican debate performance since Abraham Lincoln.” Please… that’s just obscene and ridiculous.
And here they come… the post-debate show also featured cameos from TheBlaze show host Tomi Lahren and Fox News’ Jeanine Pirro. On Wednesday, Trump campaign CEO and former Breitbart chairman Steve Bannon said of the rumors: “Trump is an entrepreneur.” In other words, Trump TV marches forward with Steve Bannon at the helm. He’ll bring in Breitbart and you can bet Drudge will be there too. As of Thursday morning, the livestream had attracted 8.7 million cumulative views on Facebook, which counts a view as someone who watches the video for longer than three seconds.