Billionaire media mogul Barry Diller is pulling no punches in telling the world what he really thinks about Donald Trump and his presidential candidacy. Diller, CEO of IAC (the conglomerate of businesses including Match.com, HomeAdvisor.com and The Daily Beast) told Bloomberg this week:
If Donald Trump doesn’t fall, I’ll either move out of the country or join the resistance.
Although, Diller was quick to point out that he didn’t think either reaction would truly be necessary. Diller says he’ll be willing to take “any bet” that Trump will not be elected.
Donald Trump IS reality TV as politics
Diller’s reasoning for Trump not being truly electable is the same as his explanation for Trump’s rise: Trump is nothing more than a self-promoting, self-aggrandizing “huckster” who learned that appealing to the lowest common denominator was a quick and easy way to become famous and wealthy. It was a skill Trump honed while firing people for ratings on The Apprentice, and it worked so well he decided to kick things up a notch by converting the formula to politics.
I just think it’s a phenomenon of reality television as politics. I think that that is how it started, reality television as you all know is based on conflict. Nobody wants to watch reality television of two housewives sitting in a room taking about where they’re going to go get their hair done. It’s all about conflict. Donald Trump, all he is is about conflict, and all that he is is negative conflict.
Indeed, negative conflict has been a defining feature of this Republican candidate’s campaign so far with things such as: refusing to correct a supporters who called Obama a non-American Muslim, responding to the recent Oregon school-shooting tragedy with a callous “these things happen,” claiming his time at an expensive military boarding school was basically the same thing as being in the military, promising to send Syrian refugees back if elected, saying most Mexican immigrants are violent criminals, rapists and so much more.
Although Trump’s campaign strategy has definitely lost him some major business, and earned some hilarious scorn (such as being made into a butt plug or portrait made of menstrual blood), he is still leading in several major polls. Appealing to the most un-educated, racist base may be working for now, but Diller is among the many sane Americans who hope and think that will only go so far.