Interesting little article about how the system failed:

Trump Was Never Vetted

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A recent Patrick Radden Keefe profile of Mark Burnett reveals how the reality television producer turned Trump into a commanding business tycoon. We walked through the offices and saw chipped furniture, one Apprentice producer recalls in the piece. We saw a crumbling empire at every turn. Our job was to make it seem otherwise.

The Apprentice depicted Trump not as a bankrupt crook but as a wealthy genius, for whose favor a cast of supplicants would compete. The show revolved around competing business ideas that Trump would oversee. The problem was that Trump just as he does in the White House made irrational and bizarre choices. He was frequently unprepared for these sessions, with little grasp of who had performed well. Sometimes a candidate distinguished herself during the contest only to get fired, on a whim, by Trump. Keefe reports that in such instances, the producers would edit the footage to make Trumps foolish decisions appear wise. Tens of millions of Americans voted for a television character they took to be some reasonable approximation of a real person.