GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump distanced himself from the planning of last week’s Republican National Convention after the Democrats’ event, which ended Thursday, posted higher television ratings.
“I didn’t produce the show — I just showed up for the final speech on Thursday,” the Republican presidential nominee told The New York Times when asked about the differences between the two parties’ conventions.
Neilson ratings data obtained by the Los Angeles Times found that Democrats edged out Republicans during each of the first three nights of the convention. Ratings for Thursday night have not been released, so it is not yet possible to compare ratings for Trump’s and Democrat Hillary Clinton’s acceptance speeches.
Many had assumed that Trump’s television experience would lend itself to bringing more flair to the convention in Cleveland — Trump told The Washington Post in April that he wanted to add “showbiz” touches to the typically drab event.
But while Trump had Scott Baio from “Happy Days” and a video narrated by John Voight, Democrats marched out a panoply of celebrities including Meryl Streep and Kareem Abdul-Jabaar, as well as a video narrated by Morgan Freeman.
Media commentators reviewed the Democratic National Convention as more tightly scripted than the GOP’s — its keynote speakers were the last to speak, ensuring media attention surrounding them, and the program included speeches by the party’s biggest names.
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