By Geoffrey Smith and Alan Murray
May 6, 2016

It’s hard to avoid the feeling this morning that we are all bit players in Donald Trump’s reality TV show. A few headlines:

 

-Trump said Britain would be “better off without” the European Union – but politely added: “I want them to make their own decision.”

 

-Paul Ryan says he’s “not ready” to endorse Donald Trump, prompting Trump to put out a release saying he’s not ready to support Paul Ryan.

 

-Ben Carson, who is heading up Trump’s vice presidential search, said the pick might be a Democrat – prompting Ben Carson’s spokesperson to say Mr. Carson “fully expects Mr. Trump to choose a Republican.”

 

-Mitt Romney, John McCain, George W. Bush, and George H.W. Bush all said they won’t be attending the Republican convention this year. That means the only Republican party standard bearer from the last seven elections who will be in Cleveland is Bob Dole – and he hasn’t committed to voting for Trump in November.

 

If you think you know how this show ends, I’d recommend reading Politico’s piece: The Twelve Signs Trump Will Win the White House, here.

 

More news below. And for further evidence that reality is so much stranger than fiction, read the first installment of Peter Elkind’s The Disturbing Decline of Sumner Redstone.

 

Alan Murray
@alansmurray
alan.murray@fortune.com

 

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