Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton–in no other campaign in history has there been more name calling, drama, and smear. In Hollywood, it is all about ‘hype,’ Telling everyone how great one is an an actor, model, singer, filmmaker, humanitarian, or the like. In Washington–during one of the most competitive election campaigns ever, it is not only about the candidate’s bragging about how great they are, but also, about smearing their opponent.
Who Has the Best Public Relations Campaign?
As we all know, “The Art of the Smear” has been taken to new levels by Donald and Hillary during this election. We don’t need to repeat all of the drama–you know about that. What we do want to determine here is this; How effective is each candidate’s campaign in terms of public relations and marketing? We monitored, we reviewed, we tested them, and we made our determination. The results are as follows:
MOST EFFECTIVE USE OF SOCIAL MEDIA
Trump’s social media power dominates. From FB to Twitter to You Tube, he has it down.
MOST EFFECTIVE WEBSITE
Hillary’s site is user friendly, and media friendly, with easy contact detail. Trump’s site has fewer contacts for e-mail communication.
MOST EFFECTIVE ONLINE PRESENCE
Trump dominates on the web. A true entertainer, he is simply entertaining to watch–love him or hate him, and has a bigger presence online than Hillary.
MOST EFFECTIVE USE OF MAINSTREAM MEDIA
MOST EFFECTIVE USE OF ALTERNATIVE MEDIA
From You Tube to bloggers and independent media leaders including Brietbart and Info Wars, Trump trounces in alternative media.
MOST EFFECTIVE ORGANIZING TEAM
Team Hillary effectively recruits volunteers to help her team nationwide. Volunteers for her campaign have been asked to call voters from their cell phones, blocking their call before each dial. They were instructed ‘not’ to leave messages. While they should have had offices with land lines set up for callers, left messages, and not have blocked calls, at least they did better then her opponent in this regard.
Trump’s organizing team falls flat in this area. They repeatedly have failed to return communication for organizing supporters for callers, media, and door to door campaigning, among more.
MOST EFFECTIVE RALLIES
Trump smears his opponent in this area, pulling in massive numbers of supporters across the nation.
MOST EFFECTIVE BRANDING / SLOGAN
“Make America Great Again” is –whether true or not, a great slogan. Everyone remembers it. Hillary’s is, well–forgettable.
MOST EFFECTIVE DEBATING
Trump started way too soft, letting his opponent walk all over him way too many times. While he got in a few zingers, he mostly lost this one. Some say a biased moderator helped his defeat.
While tough for Trump, with another Democrat moderator, but when Trump said that Hillary should be in prison–nothing could top that. Whether you believe she should be in prison or not, it can’t be denied that it was a wild, unpredictable statement, and unforgettable in the history of American politics. After the Billy Bush tape leak dominating media right before this debate however, that fact lessened what could have been Trump’s landslide win for this debate. With a flurry of charges now also against him, the ugly scale of attacks were more balanced, and and as such, this could be easily called a tie.
DEBATE #3: Trump
Bringing Bill’s accusers to the ringside, Trump dominated this one, getting Hillary back– for her Vice Presidential running mate’s bad behavior of interrupting Pence– by being much more aggressive and even confronting the media, who he has publicly scolded. He dominated in the first round, but then lost a little steam, as Hillary pulled ahead closer, keeping a steady pace. Still-Trump mostly beat her, helped by a Fox News moderator who was non biased.
VICE PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE:
Even Democrats gave Pence credit for sounding intelligent, and coming off as genuine and professional here. Kaine however–showing himself to the world for the first time in a big way, came off poorly; interrupting terribly, and even yelling on instances.
MOST EFFECTIVE SMEAR CAMPAIGN:
From Trump’s sexist comments against women from years ago, to Hillary’s e-mail scandals among more, both have effectively smeared each other in various terrible ways. Had Wikileaks or the Billy Bush tape not leaked, the fight may have stayed standing, but instead, it dropped to the ground with both sides fighting for blood.
Some still suggest both candidates are secretly still friends (as noted in the photo above when they were still pals), and that the election is rigged not for Hillary against Trump, but for Hillary and Trump against Trump. While this seemed plausible in the conspiracy world at first, as things progressed, it seemed highly unlikely. If so, both sides deserve an Oscar nomination for the most convincing characters in the Drama category.
No matter what is real in the murky and crazy world of Washington, all we can know is that whatever happens, we will all still be just fine. And we here at The Hollywood Sentinel can be thankful that we work here in Hollywood–where things are nice and normal compared to Washington D.C.
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