Trump is like Wrestlemania

Trump is like Wrestlemania, by Miranda Devine.

Anyone who really wants to bond with the US President would do well to understand the intricacies of Wrestlemania.

The banter, the jokes, the trash talking, the catchphrases, the crowd manipulation, the belligerent patriotism, the villain-slamming: it’s all straight out of a preordained WWE storyline.

Even Trump’s name is a wrestling trope, since the dictionary definition is to defeat someone publicly.

In pro-wrestling, the bad guys are “heels” and the good guys “baby faces”. At his rallies, Trump assigns the “heel” role to China and potential rivals from the Democrat party: Pocahontas [Elizabeth Warren], Sleepy Joe [Biden], Crooked Hillary [Clinton], “The Squad”, and “Radical Left Dems”.

He has dragged in the media as villains, too. Penned in the centre of the arena behind metal barriers, he assigns us a heel character as the crowd boos: “Fake News” or “The Enemy of the People!”

His extravagant blonde bouffant, tanned skin and uniform of dark suit and overlong tie can be appreciated in this context.

Trump’s persona is “The People’s Billionaire”, champion of the underdog, the “heel” who picks fights but always prevails. …

It is simultaneously alarming and amusing that the Leader of the Free World is performing like a fictional bad guy, but it needs to be understood because much of what he says and tweets is only half-serious.

In our visual, unserious age, the way Trump communicates the great drama of his presidency is in wrestling allegory, as a spectacle of excess.

For example, last week Trump called himself “The Chosen One” in a sardonic aside during one of his comic “Chopper Talk” press conferences on the South Lawn of the White House.

The “Fake News Media” then played its role to perfection, ginning up stories about the President’s “Messiah complex”, which allowed him to extend the storyline with weekend tweets from the G7.

“When I looked up to the sky and jokingly said ‘I am the chosen one,’ at a press conference two days ago, referring to taking on Trade with China, little did I realise that the media would claim that I had a ‘Messiah complex,’” he tweeted.

Trump’s twitter feed, with its outlandish, self-aggrandising dramas, is an extension of the WWE theme. His tweet about buying Greenland, which extended into a mock feud with the Danish prime minister, served to distract attention from a plunging Dow. …

Trump learned his crowd skills from years sitting in the front row of Wrestlemania, studying the form of stars like Austin and another wrestler turned politician, Jesse “The Body” Ventura, who became Governor of Minnesota.