Donald Trump is ‘Old School’ He Revers the Icons of the ’80’s
Many of President Elect Donald Trump’s cultural icons were at their peak in the 1980’s, the frame when his celebrity status rose in New York, and he 1st considered running for public office.
The 1980’s was decade in which excess was the norm and displays of wealth and power were celebrated in pop culture.
Donald Trump has internalized its style, which is reflected in the decor of The Trump Tower lobby and the celebrities he stood alongside during the campaign.
In the 1980’s Donald Trump came of age as a public figure, he opened up a refurbished Grand Hyatt on 42nd Street, took over the long-stalled renovation of Central Park’s ice skating rink and purchased the New York-area team in the fledgling United States Football League.
He became a regular in the city’s tabloids as he promoted his personal brand. There he took his 1st steps onto the national media stage, making his debut on “60 Minutes” in Y 1985.
Several times at his campaign rallies, he invoked a “60 Minutes” segment he had just watched and he gave his 1st post-election interview to the show last month. That show was at the top of its ratings in the 1980’s.
Time Magazine, a powerhouse in the ’80’s named him Person of the Year in 2016. He called it a “very, very great honor.” That marked his 8th time on the Cover in Y 2016.
Bobby Knight, the former Indiana University basketball coach who captured college basketball national titles in Y’s 1981 and 1987 became a sidekick.
“One of the reasons I won: Bobby Knight! That’s the Gold Standard, right?” Donald Trump said last August.
Don King, the boxing promoter who promoted Mike Tyson’s 1980’s fights, was also saluted by President Elect Trump as “a phenomenal person”.
Mr. King appeared with Donald Trump in September at a Cleveland church and stood with him last week while answering questions from the press at Mar-a-Lago, his Palm Beach resort.
Other 1980’s Stars endorsed him, including boxer Mike Tyson, Hollywood actor Scott Baio, who reached the hight of his fame in the 1980’s with the shows “Happy Days” and “Charles in Charge” And Saturday, actor Sylvester Stallone, who starred in 3 “Rambo” movies and 2 “Rocky” sequels in the 1980’s was guest at Trump’s New Year’s Eve party at Mar-a-Lago.
Recall that much of Donald Trump’s political philosophy was formed in the 1980’s.
In Y 1987 he was 1st floated for President taking out a full page ad asking why the US was “paying to defend countries that can afford to defend themselves.”
His depictions of inner cities as dangerous and crime-ridden focused on the crack-plagued life of urban areas in the 1980’s and how they have emerged as dangerous and life threatening today, prime example Barack Hussein Obama’s Chicago.
In “The Art of the Deal,” he voiced positions on trade he holds today.
The book made him a household name when it was published in Y 1987, also holds many of the principles that guided his business career, and his winning campaign for the Oval Office.
“People may not always think big themselves, but they can still get very excited by those who do. That is why a little hyperbole never hurts. People want to believe that something is the biggest and the greatest and the most spectacular,” he wrote.
The Trump message resonates with The People, and so it goes into this New Era of Trumpism.
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