Remember John McGraw, the elder individual who sucker-punched the protester who was peacefully being escorted from the Trump rally in Fayetteville, North Carolina? McGraw, intriguingly, like Thomas Dimassimo who rushed the Trump stage a few days later in Vandalia, Ohio, is an actor too.
It does seem to be a bizarre "coincidence" that two media identified figures in two separate potentially violent incidents inspired by a reality television personality named Donald Trump were actors. Three actors, thus, acted out a melodrama for ratings in the media's wall-to-wall broadcast arenas.
The fact that actors are part of what is occurring in the theater of the campaign of 2016 has been confirmed by organizations created for this purpose.
UCLA graduate Adam Swart is the CEO of a company called "Crowds on Demand," which will stage rallies and demonstrations for any almost candidate or cause.
As NBC4 Los Angles reported:
Swart says he has employed actors to sway city officials in meetings across the country.NBC4 also discovered these two other incidents:
"I have worked with dozens of campaigns for state officials, and 2016 presidential candidates," Swart told NBC4, adding that he won't name any names.
"I can't go in to detail... if I did, nobody would hire us."
The New York Post reported in 2013 that Anthony Weiner has paid for phony supporters at campaign events, although Weiner denied that.The Simpsons appear to have lampooned this:
And last year , the Hollywood Reporter reported that Republican frontrunner Donald Trump paid actors $50 to wear T-shirts and carry signs for
his campaign launch [of June 16, 2015]. Trump denied this.
As I mentioned previously,
Ohio's Dimassimo is a youthful counterpart to North Carolina's McGraw.
Meet John Franklin “Quick-Draw” McGraw, modern-day cowboy. Over the years McGraw has roamed the country making a living as a horse-trainer, ranch manager, gun-slingin’ entertainer, hog hunter, artist, blacksmith, soldier and boxer. You may have met him at Pisgah View Ranch, the dude ranch in Candler where he worked the last seven summers entertaining vacationers as a gun slinger,
McGraw's persona resulted in him being a member of The Single Action Shooting Society, an international organization created to preserve and promote the sport of Cowboy Action Shooting, a timed sport that features shooters competing on a course of different shooting stages, the reporter shared.
McCraw continues, in part:
McGraw traces his wild-ranging interests back to his formative days in Polk County in the 1930s and ’40s.And where would McGraw end after his youth? In the lands of make-believe and play acting...Las Vegas and Hollywood.
His father taught him to box at age 6. Then he discovered horses at 9.
“I always loved horses and wanted to work with horses,” he says.
Despite the interest in boxing he shared with his father, McGraw describes his home life as, “Not good.”
After dropping out of high school at 16, he moved in with a kind Tryon family he calls his foster parents....
McGraw began his military service in 1955 at Nellis Air Force Base near Las Vegas. He worked with jet engines on the base and began a boxing program, spending as much of his free time as possible in the ring. McGraw became a Golden Gloves amateur boxer. He never weighed more than 138 pounds, but defended titles in several weight classes including light weight, welter weight and middle weight.
When he wasn’t on the base working or boxing, McGraw hung out at the former Showboat Hotel and Casino in Vegas. He met Sammy Davis Jr., Lee Marvin and boxers Joe Louis and Rocky Marciano, among others. He credits Davis with getting him interested in what’s known as single-action shooting. The entertainer was good with a gun, McGraw recalls.
“I knew half the people in Vegas. I never thought anything about it. We were all just the same bunch,” he says. “Vegas was a little town in the ’50s.”The Times-News confirmed after the Trump rally assault video that the John McGraw arrested was the same one as in their 2009 profile.
After finishing his time in the Air Force in 1959, McGraw stayed in the Las Vegas area and continued boxing.
Through his connections with celebrities and stunt men he met in Nevada, McGraw found his way to California and the movie studios. “I would go to the studios,” he said. “They tried to get me into the stunt work.”
When that career move didn’t pan out. Times-News.
The result of the rally fights and conflicts is an elevation of violence that self-enforces itself. Donald Trump, as he says often, loves the excitement, the conflicts, and this is all "fun" for his rally attendees.
But it has escalated to the point where events more dangerous may be in the works. Senator Rubio noted the potential for something awful happening this week.
Trump’s rule-smashing romp may have no precedent in the annals of presidential campaigns, but the template for his remarkable rise — and the potential for a hard fall — was laid out in a little-known film masterwork half a century ago. A Face in the Crowd, a 1957 movie written by Budd Schulberg and directed by Elia Kazan — the same team that had already made the classic On the Waterfront — stars Andy Griffith as Larry “Lonesome” Rhodes, a folksy, charming Arkansas traveler who soars from a filthy jail cell to the pinnacle of American celebrity and political power.
Rhodes is neither the first nor last movie character to rise and fall by appealing to the base anxieties of the American people. He is a model for Howard Beale, the TV news anchorman who rallies the nation to shout “I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore!” in Network (1976). His lineage flows through Chauncey Gardiner, the dim gardener whose unwitting folk wisdom turns him into a possible presidential contender in Being There (1979), and on to the brutal truth-teller Sen. Jay Bulworth in the eponymous 1998 movie.
Lonesome Rhodes is coarser and blunter than the others. He goes through women like they’re cheap snacks. He calls minorities names. He makes big promises and then denies ever having made them. He tells it like it is — or at least like the people thought it had once been, back in the gauzy time when things were good. Like Trump, he calls people in power dumb and phony.
But he quickly returns to selling his sponsor’s dubious vitamin pills. Like Trump, Rhodes is given to reciting his ratings in response to unrelated questions. “53.7 this morning,” he says at one point. “I got another million.”
His sudden fame and fortune convince Rhodes that he is more than a millionaire entertainer: “I’m an influencer, a wielder of opinion, a force — a force!”
Last month, when I asked Trump what effect his TV show, “The Apprentice,” had on his decision to run for president, he reeled off his TV ratings, talked about his best-selling books, and then said that his reality show “was a different level of adulation, or respect, or celebrity. That really went to a different level. I’m running to really make America great again, but the celebrity helped — that’s true.”
It is a wonderful article, and touches three movies - A Face in the Crowd, Network, and Being There. I recommend you read the Washington Post article, and see the weird parallels with 2016.
The Ides of March: Assassination Fears
Today is March 15, 2016. The Ides of March is a day on the Roman calendar that corresponds to March 15th. It was marked by several religious observances and became notorious as the date of the assassination of Julius Caesar in 44 BC. The death of Caesar made the Ides of March a turning point in Roman history, as one of the events that marked the transition from the historical period known as the Roman Republic to the Roman Empire.
There appears to be no worry about an assassination, but the date's links to assassination seem worthy of pondering.
It must be recalled that Donald Trump is fearful of an assassination, which appears strange since he likes to whip up his crowds into an irrational emotional frenzy.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump reportedly always wears a bullet proof vest while he’s out campaigning. Sources 1, 2, 3, and 4.
Trump's inability to button up his coat is blamed on his wearing this bullet proof gear. Source.
All the King's Men is a 1949 Film Noir drama film set in a political setting directed by Robert Rossen and based on the Robert Penn Warren novel of the same name. The production features Broderick Crawford in the role of the ambitious and sometimes ruthless politician, Willie Stark.