For a man who claims to hate Hollywood, Donald Trump sure seems to be inspired by blockbusters.
Just in case our president’s new slogan wasn’t enough of a portent for dark days to come, his inauguration speech on Friday sent social media into a tailspin when everyone slowly started to realize it sounded familiar.
Yep, that’s right. Trump’s remarks were eerily similar to those DC supervillain Bane gave in 2012’s “The Dark Knight Rises” once he had overtaken the city of Gotham.
Let’s compare Trump’s and Bane’s speeches side by side, shall we?
Trump: Today’s ceremony, however has very special meaning. Because today, we are not merely transferring power from one administration to another or from one party to another. But we are transferring power from Washington D.C. and giving it back to you... the people. For too long a small group in our nation’s capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost. Washington flourished but the people did not share in its wealth. Politicians prospered but the jobs left and the factories closed. The establishment protected itself but not the citizens of our country. Their victories have not been your victories. Their triumphs have not been your triumphs and while they celebrated in our nation’s capital, there was little to celebrate for struggling families all across our land. That all changes starting right here and right now because this moment is your moment. It belongs to you.”
Bane: “We take Gotham from the corrupt! The rich! The oppressors of generations who have kept you down with myths of opportunity, and we give it back to you... the people. Gotham is yours. None shall interfere. Do as you please. Start by storming Blackgate, and freeing the oppressed! Step forward those who would serve. For an army will be raised. The powerful will be ripped from their decadent nests, and cast out into the cold world that we know and endure. Courts will be convened. Spoils will be enjoyed. Blood will be shed. The police will survive, as they learn to serve true justice. This great city... it will endure. Gotham will survive!”
Political equivalent of Batman, we need you now more than ever.