Back in August I speculated that with the addition of Steve Bannon to the campaign and Roger Ailes providing some support, that it would lay the groundwork for Donald Trump to create his own television station.
Now, there is a report from the Financial Times, that Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner has approached a person known for helping to finance media deals:
Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner has informally approached one of the media industry’s top dealmakers about the prospect of setting up a Trump television network after the presidential election in November.
Mr Kushner — an increasingly influential figure in the billionaire’s presidential campaign — contacted Aryeh Bourkoff, the founder and chief executive of LionTree, a boutique investment bank, within the past couple of months, according to three people with knowledge of the matter.
Their conversation was brief and has not progressed since, the people said. Mr Bourkoff and Mr Kushner both declined to comment.
However, the approach suggests Mr Kushner and the Republican candidate himself are thinking about how to capitalise on the populist movement that has sprung up around their campaign in the event of an election defeat to Democrat Hillary Clinton next month.
This shouldn’t surprise anybody. At the end of the day, Trump is all about Trump. His run for the presidency has little to do with him wanting to serve the public and almost everything to do with proving he could do it. Now, as his campaign is sinking and fast, he’s going to look for ways to capitalize on it.
One of the more interesting factoids in the piece is the part about Sean Hannity. He is supposedly locked up with Fox until 2020, but FT says he has a clause in his contract that allows him to leave if Roger Ailes departs.
We shall see.