RUSH: Trump Is Using Screenwriting Techniques

RUSH: This is the Trump National Golf Club. He broke away for a national security briefing and came back to engage the fake news reporters. And another question, “Mr. President, are you going to increase the US military presence in Asia?”

THE PRESIDENT: I read about, “We’re in Guam by August 15th.” Let’s see what he does with Guam. If he does something in Guam, it will be an event the likes of which nobody’s seen before, what will happen in North Korea.

UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER #1: And when you say that, what do you mean?

THE PRESIDENT: You’ll see. You’ll see. And he’ll see. He will see.


THE PRESIDENT: It’s not a dare. It’s a statement. It has nothing to do with dare. That’s a statement. He’s not going to go around threatening Guam. And he’s not going to threaten the United States. And he’s not going to threaten Japan. And he’s not going to threaten South Korea. No, that’s not a dare, as you say. That is a statement of fact

RUSH: Folks, in analyzing this, I want to compare this to the way scripts for TV shows are written. You probably haven’t noticed these things, but you will now when I point them out to you. And it’s almost universal. I have seen this so much that I have concluded that it’s part of the way screenwriting is taught. And it’s almost templatic.

For example, a character, the setting doesn’t matter, the story, a character will ask, “When is X going to happen?” The answer is always soon. It’s never specified in screenwriting. It’s never in 20 minutes, tomorrow, next week. It’s always soon. Notice this. No matter if you’re watching a movie, no matter if you’re watching a TV show.

Another almost automatic inclusion in screenwriting is this example. Somebody will be explaining something to another character and there will be a pause, and the other character will say, “Go on, go on.” And the other character goes on and finishes the thought. It’s constant. It is in television. Once I mention this to you you will now notice it. And I’m talking about primarily scripted TV shows in prime time. I’m not talking about the news, but scripted, screen-written TV shows. “When is this going to happen?”


“What’s going to happen?”

“You’ll see.”

I first noticed this when I was watching a movie that depicts the Lehman Brothers collapse after the ’08 crisis. And one of the managers in the office, he’s talking to his two underlings, and they’re scared to death about what’s going to happen to the firm. And there’s a mass firing scene in which two babes come in from the home office and they conduct exit interviews with people. These two underlings ask their boss, “Oh, my God, is this going to happen to us?”

“You’ll see.”

“When is it going to happen?”


“How bad is it going to be?”

“You’ll see. You’ll see.”

Trump, in this sound bite: “When you say that it’s going to be an event the likes of which nobody has seen before in North Korea, what do you mean?”

Trump: “You’ll see, you’ll see. And he’ll see.”

I’m telling you, folks, I don’t know whether Trump is incorporating screenwriting techniques that he picked up when he was in TV or not. I’m not saying that. But it is a technique. There is a reason these things are written in TV shows. Remember, they’re written to keep you watching and they provide as few answers as possible. So a specific answer to, “When is that hell going to happen?”

“Soon.” It’s never specified in a TV show. Maybe you’ll find an exception. But I’m telling you the rule is “soon.” Same thing with “go on” or “and” or “continue.” You’ll see this in Perry Masons from the ’50s to Law and Order SVU in 2015. “Go on. Soon. You’ll see.” They’re techniques. I’ve picked it up. Nobody told me this. I’ve just spotted it. That’s why my ears kind of went up when Trump said, “You’ll see. You’ll see. It’s a statement. He’s not going to go around threatening Guam.”


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