Aaron Sorkin Says ‘The West Wing’ with Donald Trump as President Wouldn’t be Believable

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Aaron Sorkin says The West Wing with Donald Trump as president wouldn’t be believable

“Awful!” The West Wing creator says with a laugh. “Well, no, here’s what would happen – I would create that Donald Trump-esque character, but I would have to make some adjustments to the character to make it believable. If I just did Trump as Trump, no-one would buy that as a believable character.” Sorkin adds: “I think that if the characters on The West Wing were watching a TV show about the characters who are running for President right now, they’d say, ‘This is insane! You can’t believe this, this is a silly television show, they should get it closer to real life.'”

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