'Meathead Trump clan' gets the 'All in the Family' treatment from the Daily News

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New York Daily News front page, June 15, 2018.
New York Daily News front page, June 15, 2018. Credit: New York Daily News

Donald Trump, our first reality show president, made his name on TV over 14 seasons of "The Apprentice." But today's New York Daily News transposes him and his family into sitcom territory with a take on "All in the Family," the Norman Lear classic that aired on CBS from 1971 to 1979.

A "Fraud in the Family" composite photo-illo fronts the paper's report about the latest Trump scandal, headlined "New York attorney general sues President Trump, his kids and his charity—charges foundation broke law to enrich him" inside the paper. As Daily News Albany Bureau Chief Kenneth Lovett writes,

A bombshell civil lawsuit filed Thursday—President Trump's 72nd birthday—accuses the commander-in-chief and his three oldest children of operating a bogus namesake charity "in persistent violation" of federal and state laws for more than a decade. The misdeeds included $2.8 million spent to promote Trump's presidential campaign, along with supposed charitable funds used instead to "pay off the legal obligations of entities (Trump) controlled, to promote Trump hotels, (and) to purchase personal items," the lawsuit charged.

The play on "All in the Family" kinda works in that the sitcom's patriarch Archie Bunker (Carroll O'Connor) was a cranky, loudmouth racist (the show was the "Roseanne" of its day). It falls apart beyond that, though, in that Archie only had one kid—a daughter, Gloria (Sally Struthers), a liberal who was married to an even more unabashed liberal, Michael Stivic (Rob Reiner), who Archie nicknamed "Meathead."

But it does makes sense that Archie's wife Melania—er, Edith (Jean Stapleton)—is nowhere to be seen.

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