In an interview with The New York Times, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump seemingly downplayed the role he played in planning the Republican National Convention, saying he just showed up for his speech.
The Times asked Trump about why his convention seemed haphazardly thrown-together, unlike the very coordinated and on-message Democratic convention and unlike Republican conventions of the past. “I didn’t produce our show — I just showed up for the final speech on Thursday,” he responded.
In a departure from his usual rhetoric, Trump even declined to say which convention he thought was better. “I’ve liked both shows,” he said.
Trump’s sudden distancing comes after media reports indicated that he was heavily involved in the planning of the convention, while simultaneously betraying his ignorance of how conventions actually worked. The Times reported that Trump didn’t even realize that the convention had to be held in Cleveland and tried to change the venue so he could enter in a helicopter. The Democratic National Convention has pulled in more viewers in ratings compared to last week’s Republican National Convention in Cleveland.
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