Some day, hopefully soon, we can revert to the days when “House of Cards” was an entertaining, dramatic diversion ― not a source of political insight.
Alas, in light of President Trump firing FBI Director James Comey Tuesday, reportedly after Comey asked for more money to investigate Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election, we’re stuck in an alternate reality. One where President Frank Underwood, played by Kevin Spacey in the hit Netflix series, doles out darkly relevant takes on real-world politics.
Here’s Underwood’s take on Trump’s shocking action:
“When you’re fresh meat, kill and throw them something fresher,” the tweet reads, referencing a line from the show, where Underwood’s twisted words of wisdom have become fan favorites.
In a trailer released earlier this month for the upcoming season, Underwood muses on the cluelessness of the American populace: “The American people don’t know what’s best for them. I do,” he says.
“They’re like little children,” he goes on. “We have to hold their sticky fingers and wipe their filthy mouths, teach them right from wrong, tell them what to think and how to feel and what to want. They even need help writing their wildest dreams, crafting their worst fears. Lucky for them, they have me.”
The upcoming season, which debuts on Netflix May 30, is already eliciting strong comparisons to the current political landscape.