Aaron Sorkin: Donald Trump 'may be the end of political satire'
If The West Wing were on today, what kind of real-world political topics would writer Aaron Sorkin hope to tackle with the show?
Speaking to The Frame, Sorkin said that he would write about the refugee crisis, but not Donald Trump.
“Writing something about Donald Trump would be extremely difficult,” Sorkin said. “Donald Trump may be the end of political satire.”
Sorkin said that if Trump, the Republican frontrunner for the party’s presidential nomination, was running for “grand wizard of the Mississippi klavern of the Klu Klux Klan” his rhetoric would sound the same.
“[W]ould he give a speech that was any different than the speeches he’s been giving?” Sorkin said. “I think we have to stop looking at Donald Trump and start looking at ourselves. Who are we, that this is happening?”
Sorkin, who was just nominated for a Golden Globe thanks to his script for Steve Jobs, has previously discussed Trump in relation to The West Wing, specifically how he would write the controversial candidate into the show.
“I would create that Donald Trump-esque character, but I would have to make some adjustments to the character to make it believable,” Sorkin told Digital Spy last month. “If I just did Trump as Trump, no-one would buy that as a believable character.”