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“Prairie Home Companion” Host Blasts Trump: “You Will Have Nothing That You Want”

‘You wish you were that person’

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Don’t let the name fool you. Garrison Keillor may be your friendly “Prairie Home Companion” narrator, but the 74-year-old radio host brought out the rhetorical knives to slice and dice Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump in a new op-ed.


“Your eyes look dead and your scowl does not suggest American greatness so much as American indigestion,” Keillor writes. “Your hair is the wrong color: People don't want a president to be that shade of blond. You know that now.”

Keillor doesn’t hold back throughout his open letter to the billionaire businessman, mocking his “Make America Great Again” cap and writing off the entire Trump campaign as one big, emotional play for respect from the Manhattan elites. “You wish you were that person but you didn't have the time,” he writes.

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It’s been a tough August for Trump, with his poll numbers falling and even his fellow Republicans showing reservations about associating their campaigns with his. However, with a new campaign manager and team of strategists, Trump appears to be throwing a Hail Mary, perhaps best exemplified by his trip to Mexico to meet with President Enrique Peña Nieto.

But Keillor says none of that will work. In fact, he argues that Trump’s appeal stems from his base knowing he’s already a loser – that his inadequacies reflect their own employment anxieties and declining social status.

“Profanity is your natural language and vulgar words so as not to offend the Christers but the fans can still hear it and that's something they love about you,” he writes. “You are their guy. You are losing and so are they but they love you for it.”

And when it’s all over, Keillor says Trump will walk away empty-handed – no institutional respect, a damaged corporate brand, and, of course, no keys to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue:

“Meanwhile, you keep plugging away. It's the hardest work you've ever done. You walk out in the white cap and you rant for an hour about stuff that means nothing and the fans scream and wave their signs and you wish you could level with them for once and say one true thing: I love you to death and when this is over I will have nothing that I want.”

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Looking back, the year 1995 seems like such an innocent time. America was in the midst of its longest streak of peace and prosperity. September 11, 2001 was six years away, and the internet didn't seem like much more than a passing fad.

Twenty-four years ago, 18 million U.S. homes had modem-equipped computers, 7 million more than the year before. Most logged in through America Online where they got their email or communicated with random strangers in chat rooms.

According to a Pew Research study that year, only 32% of those who go online say they would miss it "a lot" if no longer available.

Imagine what those poll numbers would look like if the question was asked today.

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"Few see online activities as essential to them, and no single online feature, with the exception of E-Mail, is used with any regularity," the Pew article said. "Consumers have yet to begin purchasing goods and services online, and there is little indication that online news features are changing traditional news consumption patterns."

"Late Night" host David Letterman had Microsoft founder and, at that time the richest man in the world, on his show for an interview in '95 to discuss the "the big new thing."

During the interview Letterman chided Gates about the usefulness of the new technology, comparing it to radio and tape recorders.

Gates seems excited by the internet because it will soon allow people to listen to a baseball game on their computer. To which Letterman smugly replies, "Does radio ring a bell?" to laughter from the crowd.

But Gates presses Letterman saying that the new technology allows you to listen to the game "whenever you want," to which Letterman responds, "Do tape recorders ring a bell?"

Gates then tells Letterman he can keep up with the latest in his favorite hobbies such as cigar smoking or race cars through the internet. Letterman shuts him down saying that he reads about his interests in magazines.

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The discussion ends with the two laughing over meeting like-minded people in "troubled loner chat room on the internet."

The clip brings to mind a 1994 segment on "The Today Show" where host Bryant Gumbel and Katie Couric have a similar discussion.

"What is internet anyway?" an exasperated Gumball asks. "What do you write to it like mail?"

"It's a computer billboard but it's nationwide and it's several universities all joined together and it's getting bigger and bigger all the time," a producer explains from off-stage.





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