Trump’s TV stars pose problems for the GOP

Former President Trump loves celebrity — especially TV fame. But his enthusiasm is not working out so well for the Republican Party.


Trump has backed a host of candidates in party primaries who are famous or have a track record in television, or both. But many of his chosen stars are underperforming, complicating the GOP’s electoral chances.


Critics charge that Trump fails to recognize the downsides of elevating people for their celebrity status or media chops alone.


Some think he remains deeply attached to the world of tabloid fame and TV stardom from which he catapulted himself into office — and fails to see how others will struggle to replicate that success.