NEW YORK ― Can Donald Trump turn voters into viewers?
There have been rumblings for months that the media-obsessed former reality star’s endgame is to launch a media company after the election to capitalize on the support he’s received.
That theory gained more traction Monday as the Financial Times reported that Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner spoke with a boutique media deal-making firm about the prospect of launching a television network. Kushner, who owns the New York Observer, contacted LionTree founder and chief executive Aryeh Bourkoff within the past couple months, according to the paper.
Kushner, the scion of a New Jersey real estate family who married Trump’s daughter Ivanka in 2009, has been one of Trump’s closest advisers. One Trump source recently told The New Yorker that Kushner ― who keeps a low profile and rarely gives interviews ― has been Trump’s “real campaign manager.”
It’s unprecedented for a major party nominee to be considering how to profit off his support before an election’s over. And conversations about a post-election media startup reportedly began long before Trump’s poll numbers dropped.
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