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Trump's arrival in Cleveland is a Hollywood production

Donald Trump may be a former reality star, but his reality is still a show: Opera music.

A Hollywood soundtrack.

A sleek jet cutting across a blue-lake horizon.

A helicopter that circles ever … so … dramatically… before landing.

When Trump and his running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, arrived Wednesday afternoon in Cleveland for the Republican National Convention. They landed in a Trump jet at a small airport on the shores of Lake Erie. Hundreds of media members and GOP delegates waited a short distance away, in a partitioned area on a grassy and highly secure knoll between Cleveland’s science museum and football stadium.

As the plane touched down, the classic rock music playing through the speakers near the camera risers gave way to dramatic opera music.

Several minutes later, a black helicopter with the white letters “TRUMP” emblazoned on the tail appeared in the sky.

Victorious symphony music – the type played at the end of a hard-fought tale on film – emerged from the speakers.

And almost as if they were conducting that symphony, virtually every reporter raised his or her arms, phones in hand. They swayed not to the notes, but to the flight path of the helicopter as it circled the lake front.

When the Trumpcopter landed, the men emerged. VIPs and their families greeted them. Armored vehicles awaited. They would deliver short remarks: Trump acknowledging his grown kids for their convention speeches; Pence saying to his hoped-to-be boss, “I’m convinced what begins in Cleveland ends at the White House.”

But before all that, this reality had one more bit of show. A ringmaster voice made an introduction: “Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome to Cleveland, the next president of the United States, Mr. Donald J. Trump!”

Practically speaking, that wasn’t needed. But booming intros and spine tingling music make a memorable show. And as the 2016 presidential campaign has made so high-def clear, if you’re going to run the show, you’ve got the put one on first.

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