"The Politician" Trailer: Elections Get Ugly in Ryan Murphy's Netflix Debut

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Aug 19, 2019, 4:20:22 PM8/19/19
If you mashed up Election and Rushmore and then sprinkled some trademark Ryan
Murphy sass on top, it might look a lot like Netflix’s upcoming comedy The
Politician… and we like what we see.

Netflix has released a new trailer for Murphy’s debut series for the streamer
— which you can watch above — which stars Tony winner Ben Platt (Dear Evan
Hansen) as hyper-motivated high school student Payton Hobart, who’s dead-set
on winning the race for student body president. (He even recruits a cancer
patient as his running mate to win the sympathy vote.) Payton “fully intends”
to be President of the United States someday, and his drive to succeed is a
little intense: “Your ambition frightens me,” his mother Georgina (played by
Gwyneth Paltrow) confesses.

The combative campaign that ensues features a ton of scandalous rumors, a
possible assassination attempt (!) and a delightful Jessica Lange wondering
what’s so wrong about calling a gay man “a butt-munch”: “That’s what gays do:
munch butts, and celebrate Halloween.” (Yep, if you couldn’t tell already,
this is definitely a Ryan Murphy production.)

Plus, Netflix has released the official poster for the eight-episode series,
with Payton and Georgina vowing: “We promise to promise you everything.”
Check it out:

Press PLAY above for a sneak peek at The Politician — debuting Friday, Sept.
27 on Netflix — and then hit the comments and tell us: Does it already have
your vote?

Watching Democrats come up with schemes to "catch Trump" is like
watching Wile E. Coyote trying to catch Road Runner.

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