Trump: I Was Going For ‘Hope’ And ‘Policy’ At Convention, Not ‘Star Power’

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump pauses during a town hall with vice presidential candidate Gov. Mike Pence, R-Ind., Monday, July 25, 2016, in Roanoke, Va. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
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After months of promising “showbiz” at the Republican National Convention, Donald Trump says that entertainment was never supposed to be the focus.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Trump said that he was “looking for policy” rather than pizzazz.

“I think we had, if you include my children and the great success that they had, I would say we had tremendous star power,” Trump said Tuesday. “But I wasn’t looking for star power, I was looking for policy. I was looking for hope for people because people are not feeling good about where the country is and where it’s going.”

Last week’s Republican convention featured an unusual speaker list, including all four of Trump’s adult children, his wife Melania, Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel, and eighties sitcom star Scott Baio, among others.

Top Trump aide Paul Manafort had previously promised a convention that would be “the ultimate reality show.”

“It’s not gonna be a ho-hum lineup of, you know, the typical politicians,” Trump’s daughter Ivanka agreed, saying at the time that the convention would be “unlike any we’ve ever seen.”

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