Donald Trump’s “big reveal” Tuesday night of his nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court had all the trappings of a reality television event, veteran TV writer David Bauder reports for the AP. But Bauder’s assessment may not exactly be breaking news, given Trump’s background as host of the NBC reality show “The Apprentice.”
“Trump’s announcement from the White House on Tuesday had a prime-time slot with broadcast and cable news networks all on hand, genuine suspense over the choice and, finally, the big reveal when [Neil] Gorsuch and his wife Marie Louise emerged from a doorway at the host’s — make that the president’s — request,” Bauder writes.
The article notes that Trump then asked those in the audience, along with those watching on TV: “Was that a surprise?”
“Supreme Court nominees are usually not prime-time affairs and usually not surprises; a president’s selection typically leaks to the news media before the two people make it to the podium,” Bauder writes. “Throughout Tuesday, however, anticipation built with reporters primarily speculating it would be one of two men, Colorado’s Gorsuch and Pennsylvania Judge Thomas Hardiman.”
The report notes that CNN’s Jim Acosta called the event “reality television meets the Potomac,” while NBC’s Lester Holt commented, “High drama all day as the president and his team ratcheted up the suspense,” and ABC’s George Stephanopoulos added: “We’ve never seen anything like this.”