“Turn off the lights! Turn off the lights!”
If anyone had hoped that the silly season in politics was over, we got a refreshing reminder to the contrary on Sunday evening in the form a chant at a campaign event. While speaking to a gathered crowd at a rally in Atlanta, the lights in the venue went out, plunging the Republican frontrunner and his crowd into darkness.
Then, in a bizarre example of spin showmanship, Trump managed to use the incident to his favor, eventually getting the crowd to chant “Turn off the lights!” when they were eventually powered back on.
“They didn’t pay the electric bill!” the real estate mogul claimed as it first happened. After considering for a moment, the man, who by his own admission is “not a politician”, did the most politician-like thing and spun the situation into a talking point:
That’s so much better. Those lights were brutal. Are [the lights] coming from the dishonest press?
When the uproarious cheers from the media-hating crowd subsided, Trump led them in the turn-off-the-lights chant, proving that in fact people will chant just about anything:
NBC News’ Katy Tur confirmed on Twitter shortly after that a protestor at the rally was responsible for the power shortage:
Event staff says protestor cut the lights on Trump.
— Katy Tur (@KatyTurNBC) February 21, 2016
Watch the above video from CNN, and be sure to chant along at home.
[image via screengrab]
J.D. Durkin is the Senior Editor of Mediaite.
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