It's not for nothing that Donald J. Trump was inducted into the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2013. The billionaire braggart's entire presidential campaign is straight out of the WWE "Wrestlemania" playbook -- all preposterous boasts, racialized taunts and simulated mayhem that threatens to turn into the real thing.
And wouldn't TV news networks just love it?
Back last summer, when this column first took note of his uncanny impersonation of 1950s charismatic bleach-blond bad guy Dr. Jerry Graham ("I have the body that men fear and women adore"), I was unaware of Trump's enshrinement. Having outgrown professional wrestling after eighth grade, I'd never witnessed the 2007 "Battle of the Billionaires" between Trump and WWE impresario Vincent McMahon.
Anyway, if you want a laugh, Google the fool thing. Sure, it's several minutes of your life you'll never get back, but watching Trump posing, preening and throwing what a Rolling Stone reporter accurately characterized as "some of the worst punches in wrestling history" might wise you up to the game.