President Donald Trump flew on Air Force One to Florida Thursday for his first in-person meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
On the way, the plane screened the 2016 “Star Wars” movie, “Rogue One.” Trump did an interview with press inside the plane and stood right next to a television playing the movie about a group of rebels who aim to thwart an oppressive government. The president happened to be standing next to the screen at the moment in the movie when Darth Vader emerges for the very first time.
Photographer Jim Watson captured the scene for Getty and BuzzFeed News editor Hayes Brown shared the photo on Twitter, calling it “beyond iconic.”
A movement from Trump supporters to boycott “Rogue One” after a film writer’s comments grew large enough that Disney chief executive Bob Iger spoke up: “There are no political statements in it, at all.” The protestors apparently believed that the movie had reshoots to make Darth Vader’s journey serve as a metaphor for Trump’s.
The connection has also come from within the president’s own team.
Days after Trump’s election win, his chief strategist Steve Bannon told The Hollywood Reporter, “Darkness is good.” Bannon continued, “Dick Cheney. Darth Vader. Satan. That’s power.”
Maybe Trump has been trying to tell us something with that long red tie all along.