Trump finds historical muse in tourmate and ex-Fox News anchor Bill OâReilly
D onald Trump appears to have found his historical muse. The former US president will go on tour for a series of âlive conversationsâ with Bill OâReilly, an ex-Fox News host who has reason to understand him better than most.
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The duoâs defiant apparent embrace of shamelessness will be put to the test in the The History Tour, in Sunrise, Florida, on 11 December, Houston, Texas, on 18 December and Dallas, Texas, on 19 December. The venue for another stop on 12 December is yet to be confirmed.
The series is likely to be a hot ticket in the âMake America Great Againâ, or âMagaâ universe and prove a moneyspinner for both men. It will give Trump, who has shown little interest in a presidential library, a first stab at posterity. But anyone hoping for a replay of David Frostâs revealing interviews with Richard Nixon is likely to be disappointed.
A press release on OâReillyâs website notes that Trump presided over âan especially intense periodâ and says the pair will âdiscuss exactly how things were accomplished, as well as challenges, both good and bad!â
It describes OâReilly himself as a âHistorian/Journalistâ. He has co-written bestselling books including Killing Kennedy and Killing Lincoln about presidential assassinations.
The release quotes Trump as saying: âThese will be wonderful but hard-hitting sessions where weâll talk about the real problems happening in the US, those that the Fake News Media never mention.â
The 45th president also promises that âit will be fun, fun, fun, for everyone who attends!â
Trump and OâReilly are kindred rightwing populists who have raged against political correctness, offering dubious examples such as âthe war on Christmasâ.
OâReilly, the former presenter of Fox Newsâs top-rated The OâReilly Factor, adds in the press release: âMy job as a historian/journalist is to get important things on the record in a fact-based way. These conversations with the 45th president will not be boring.â
The tour is the latest step in the unusual post-presidency of Trump, who turns 75 on Monday. Banned from Facebook and Twitter, and with a blog that collapsed within a month, his online presence has reverted to pre-2016 levels yet he remains the unofficial leader of the Republican party and has hinted at another presidential run in 2024.
âMr Trump was both a diminished figure and an oversized presence in American life, with a remarkable â and many say dangerous â hold on his party,â noted a New York Times report on his speech to North Carolina Republicans last weekend.
The conversations with OâReilly seized on by late-night TV hosts. Jimmy Fallon of NBC quipped: âIt should be a fun tour. Backstage passes automatically come with a hush money payment of $130,000. Isnât that nice?â