Donald Trump continues to take his campaign where no man has gone before as he reaches through the veil of death to get John Wayne’s endorsement. It played out as entertaining this week as there stood the Duke, looking fine in wax form, behind Trump as the late actor’s daughter, Aissa Wayne, took to the podium. She gave her late father’s endorsement to the real estate mogul and for a moment, it was as if the long-gone actor had a say in today’s campaign.
The Salon suggests in a January 21 article that a nod from John Wayne, who has been dead for 35 years, along with this week’s Sarah Palin endorsement, will be a tough act to follow. Their prediction is that the fictional character from horror films, Freddy Krueger, will be the next to jump on the Trump endorsement train.
It appears they are making a point of the odd path this campaign has taken with their suggestion about Trump seeking out Krueger’s endorsement. Trump not only thinks outside of the box, but he’s built the box he’s venturing beyond. While doing so he’s proven himself as a trend setter among the candidates. Chances are Freddie Krueger is not on Trump’s radar, but that doesn’t mean the GOP front-runner doesn’t have a few more surprises to pop out.
Now that Trump has the late John Wayne’s endorsement from beyond the grave via Wayne’s daughter, only time will tell if the other candidates will follow suit and tap into a long-gone population. There are some very famous and influential people in cemeteries across the nation and channeling their endorsement via living relatives could take this campaign to very strange, yet interesting places.
The John Wayne Museum in Winterset, Iowa, made the perfect setting for this endorsement. Wayne’s daughter looked on with admiration for Trump as he spoke about all the things her late father represented for the people of America. Trump said:
“When you think about it, John Wayne represented strength, he represented power, he represented what the people are looking [for] today because we have exactly the opposite of John Wayne right now in this country. He represented real strength and an inner strength that you don’t see very often, and that’s why this endorsement, it meant so much to me.”
As US News reports, Trump has offered up another example of “how show business is intersecting with and in some cases consuming politics.” Just take a look at this week’s offerings and it is easy to see why the spotlight is on Trump vs. the other candidates.
Here you have Trump standing in the shadow of John Wayne’s wax figure and getting the endorsement from a movie star who has been dead 35-years. Then Jeb Bush offers a new campaign ad highlighted by his mother saying “I think he’ll be a great President.” She didn’t even push the envelope a little further to say “I know he’ll be a great President,” which might have been a stronger endorsement. So which venue offers up the most pizzazz?
Even though votes of the deceased finding their way into the ballet boxes in past elections have been problematic, there’s no law against the deceased campaigning for a candidate. Leave it to Trump to hone in on a population that’s not traditionally sought after in politics, the late-population! Well he has been saying all along that he is not a politician and he’s also said that he is ready to throw the political correctness movement out the window.