Don’t Watch Donald Trump’s Inauguration

Bill Scher

The following is excerpted from The New Republic. Click here to read the full article.

…That inauguration next week? Don’t watch. State of the Union? You’re better off with an early night’s sleep. Oval Office addresses? Speeches? Rallies? Press conferences? “Exclusive” TV interviews? Pick up that book you’ve been meaning to get to instead.

What will that do? A mass refusal to watch Trump on TV will deprive him of big ratings, which he routinely uses to create a false impression of widespread popularity.

As you virtually turn your back on Trump, you need not unplug from democracy itself. He is still the president. Ignoring his words is the same as ceding the debate. By all means, read the transcripts. Scrub his words for falsehoods, flip-flops, and feints. Challenge him at every turn.

But Trump will not be satisfied with merely being read. This is a man uniquely obsessed with being seen, especially on television … What better way to combat a performer-politician than by diminishing his stage?…

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