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Donald Trump @ Josiah Bartlet

Trump Presidency Sparks Rise
in The West Wing Viewership

It turns out something is actually benefiting from Donald Trump's tenure as President of the United States of America - the television series The West Wing...

Google Trends data suggests that all this chatter surrounding the US election has seen a spark in interest for the TV series which ran from 1999 to 2006. Annual data from Google Trends has shown a clear rise in search for the serial political drama series which follows Martin Sheen's President Bartlett...

Renewed interest reached its peak at two specific points from the past year in US politics: Trump's election in November 2016 and his inauguration back in January 2017.

--The Independent, February 16, 2017

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Trump Team
Ivanka Trump Shortstop
Sarah Sanders Thirdbase
Keith Schiller Rightfield
H.R. McMaster Centerfield
Melania Trump Leftfield
Hope Hicks Secondbase
Mike Pence Catcher
John Kelly Firstbase
Donald Trump Pitcher
Bartlet Team
Zoey Bartlet Shortstop
Tobias Ziegler Secondbase
Leo McGarry Firstbase
Nancy McNally Centerfield
Charles Young Rightfield
Abigail Bartlet Leftfield
John Hoynes Catcher
Claudia Craig Thirdbase
Josiah Bartlet Pitcher

‘The West Wing’ Is a Donald Trump Presidency With Better Hair

Not only do I think [Trump] watches The West Wing, I think it’s where he gets a lot of his ideas.

The signs are everywhere. Martin Sheen plays a super young macho president with thicker, more colorful hair than any president in history. He constantly looks like he’s about to give the speech from Independence Day. Presidents never look like that in real life. They’re always going grey and turning into a warped snapchat filter in the face. I think Donald saw this and thought “that’s what I will look like when I am president"...

He was either going for Martin Sheen or the guy who played King Koopa in The Super Mario Bros. movie. Actually, King Koopa lived in a huge tower with his weird kids and hated Italian people and was always real grabby with women wearing tiaras. I’m gonna stop thinking about this before I go crazy. It makes too much sense.

--Jake Flores, December 1, 2016

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Opinion: Trump the Presidency
Did it all start with The West Wing?

To [Trump's] tens of millions of supporters, [his political atrocities] did not undercut his legitimacy as a presidential candidate. Why is that?

An explanation may well lie in our entertainment culture. In fact, as Trump prepares to enter the West Wing, it may be said that the Trump problem we face began with The West Wing.

The theory posited here is that "Donald Trump: the presidency" is...the bastard descendant of The West Wing.

--Bruce Wolpe, December 6, 2016

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How Many Times Has 'The West Wing'
Predicted The Trump Era?

So many of the issues that Trump's decisions are touching off feel like warped-mirror versions of stuff that happened on The West Wing.

The most eerily familiar came when word began circulating that Trump wanted to move the White House press corps out of their usual place in the West Wing and to a different building, away from the President. This was received as yet another bad omen from a President already hostile to the press, but it was also completely cribbed from a second-season West Wing episode! In the episode "The Leadership Breakfast [Season 2, Episode 11, January 10, 2001], " the Deputy Communications Director approaches the Press Secretary with an idea that he'd like to send out for polling reaction: could they move the White House press corps...to the Old Executive Office Building (OEOB) across the street.

The Press Secretary's reaction? Absolutely not....the press will go nuts, and more importantly, the American people won't stand for it. It'll look like the White House is trying to keep secrets from the press. The Deputy Communications Director replies, "We are trying to keep secrets from the press."

Of course, that was on TV...

--Joe Reid, January 26, 2017

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     Inn. 1: Trump Team
[Starter] BartletJ
TrumpI            1B         . . X
Sanders           1B         X . X
Schiller          1B         . X X 1
McMaster          7          . X X
TrumpM            BB         X X X
Hicks             BB         X X X 1
Pence             9 SACF     . X X 1
Kelly             5-3        X X .
     Inn. 1: Bartlet Team
[Starter] TrumpD
BartletZ          9          . . .
Ziegler           1-3        . . .
McGarry           6-3        . . .
     Inn. 2: Trump Team
TrumpD            5-3        . . .
TrumpI            5-3        . . .
Sanders           1B         . . X
Schiller          1B         . X X
McMaster          7          . X X
     Inn. 2: Bartlet Team
McNally           6-3        . . .
Young             E-3        . . X
BartletA          8          . . X
Hoynes            6          . . X
     Inn. 3: Trump Team
TrumpM            3-1        . . .
Hicks             6-3        . . .
Pence             8          . . .
     Inn. 3: Bartlet Team
Craig             1B         . . X
BartletJ          1-3 SAC    . X .
BartletZ          3UN        X . .
Ziegler           4-3        X . .
     Inn. 4: Trump Team
Kelly             1B         . . X
TrumpD            1-3 SAC    . X .
TrumpI            4-3        X . .
Sanders           1B         . . X 1
Schiller          K          . . X
     Inn. 4: Bartlet Team
McGarry           HBP        . . X
McNally           BB         . X X
Young             1B         X X X
BartletA          6          X X X
Hoynes            HR         . . . 4
Craig             6-3        . . .
BartletJ          3UN        . . .
     Inn. 5: Trump Team
McMaster          1B         . . X
TrumpM            4          . . X
Hicks             HR         . . . 2
Pence             3UN        . . .
Kelly             1B         . . X
TrumpD            5-3        . X .
     Inn. 5: Bartlet Team
BartletZ          BB         . . X
Ziegler           1B         . X X
X@3:BartletZ      CS 2-5     . X .
McGarry           1B         . . X
X@4:Ziegler       7-2        . . X
McNally           8          . . X
     Inn. 6: Trump Team
TrumpI            K          . . .
Sanders           3UN        . . .
Schiller          9          . . .
     Inn. 6: Bartlet Team
Young             3UN        . . .
BartletA          8          . . .
Hoynes            1B         . . X
Craig             2B         . X .
X@4:Hoynes        7-2        . X .
     Inn. 7: Trump Team
McMaster          1B         . . X
TrumpM            9          . . X
Hicks             7          . . X
Pence             9          . . X
     Inn. 7: Bartlet Team
BartletJ          9          . . .
BartletZ          3UN        . . .
Ziegler           1B         . . X
McGarry           8          . . X
     Inn. 8: Trump Team
Kelly             6-3        . . .
TrumpD            7          . . .
TrumpI            8          . . .
     Inn. 8: Bartlet Team
McNally           5          . . .
Young             3          . . .
BartletA          1B         . . X
Hoynes            4-3        . X .
     Inn. 9: Trump Team
Sanders           1-3        . . .
Schiller          BB         . . X
McMaster          8          . . X
TrumpM            BB         . X X
Hicks             7          . X X
     Inn. 9: Bartlet Team
Craig             1B         . . X
BartletJ          K          . . X
BartletZ          2 (Foul)   . . X
Ziegler           2B         . X . 1
McGarry           6-3        . X .
Trump Team WINS, 6-5
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Game Date January 20, 2018
Game Duration 2 hours, 27 minutes
Game Weather Overcast. 63oF.
Wind E 9mph
Umpires Sean Hannity

Lawrence O'Donnell

James Mattoon Scott

Game MCP
Most Cosmic Player
Hope Hicks
Official Scorer Lin-Manuel Miranda
Game Announcer Margaret Atwood
Simulation 09242017104451