Donald Trump once promised a "showbiz" convention, packed with flash, celebrities, and a "winner's night" featuring sports stars and champion coaches, recalls the AP, which declares that the "show biz" in Trump's Republican National Convention fell considerably short of A-list on Monday. The first of four nights kicked off with reality TV hunter Willie Robertson of Duck Dynasty, who was followed in rapid, prime-time succession by actor Scott Baio of Happy Days and Charles in Charge. Baio, who campaigned for Ronald Reagan in his youth, built on Trump's "Let's make America great" rallying cry with this: "Let's make America America again." Baio, in a bright red tie, addressed first-time voters on what it means to be an American. Or rather, what it doesn't mean.
"It doesn't mean getting free stuff," he said. "It means sacrificing, winning, losing, failing, succeeding, sometimes doing the things you don't want to do, including the hard work in order to get where you want to be." And Baio answered his own question when asking: "Is Donald Trump a messiah? No. He's just a man, a man who wants to give back to his country, America. A country that has given him everything." Robertson, whose family has amassed millions through hunting ventures in Louisiana and on TV, played the regular-folk card on the Cleveland podium, chiding Trump detractors who "don't hang with regular folks like us." Both Baio and the big-bearded Robertson kept their remarks short and on message.