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Aaron Sorkin: Trump White House full of ‘mustache twirling and cowardice’

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“The West Wing” creator Aaron Sorkin says President Trump “doesn’t work” as anything but a reality TV show character, and that Trump’s West Wing is filled with “a lot of mustache twirling and cowardice.”

“We’re living in a world of just crude politics, corruption in plain sight, out-and-out lying, and a staggeringly, breathtakingly dumb person in the Oval Office,” Sorkin said in an interview with Vanity Fair published Tuesday, ahead of the 20th anniversary of “The West Wing’s” debut.

{mosads}The 58-year-old Emmy Award-winner blasted the president in response to a remark from his interviewer about Trump seeing the White House “as a TV show in his own mind.”

“Well, as a TV character, he doesn’t work. I mean, he works as a reality-show character, but he’s certainly not a hero,” Sorkin said. “He’s not an antihero either — with an antihero, whether it’s Richard III or Richard Nixon, there’s always a feeling that there are layers and complications. There’s always a feeling of, oh, if only someone had just loved him, he would’ve gone on to great things. That doesn’t exist with Trump.”

Sorkin has repeatedly poured cold water on talk of a reboot of his political drama, which ran on NBC from 1999 to 2006.

“Sure, I would love to do it. I love these people, and I’d love to revisit the area, especially nowadays, but I simply don’t have an idea that wouldn’t feel like ‘A Very Brady Reunion,’ ” he told Vanity Fair.

Sorkin says he foresees a similar problem with any potential “West Wing” revival to what the show’s writers faced in dealing with the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks and whether to include real-life current events in the fictional series.

“Do you create a world in which there is such a thing as Trumpism, or not? And if the answer is not, then what do we care?”

“No matter where you are on the political spectrum, we all have a problem,” Sorkin said, “which is that half of us are looking at our world completely differently than the other half of us.”

Sorkin also revealed in the interview that then-GOP White House hopeful Texas Gov. George W. Bush’s campaign once jockeyed for a “West Wing” cameo.

“His campaign called, and they wanted him to play a pizza delivery guy on the show,” said Sorkin. 

“They thought, Wouldn’t it be funny if they order a pizza and George W. Bush comes and delivers it?”

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