Throughout Donald Trump’s campaign I’ve often expressed my astonishment over the fact that millions of people actually support this buffoon. While I naturally oppose Republican ideology in general, my disdain for Trump goes well beyond my normal objections to GOP dogma.
Donald Trump isn’t just a terrible candidate — he’s legitimately dangerous.
If the GOP had nominated Jeb Bush, John Kasich, Marco Rubio — I would have hated it, but I wouldn’t be literally terrified of the thought of them winning. I would be afraid of what they’d do to this country, as we all remember what happened the last time we had a Republican in the White House, but I wouldn’t have legitimate feelings of horror at the thought of one of them becoming our next president like I do when I think about the possibility of Trump winning on November 8th.
But to emphasize my point of how dangerous Donald Trump is, I thought I’d compare his behavior to 10 scumbags and probable sociopaths from several movies.
I’m not saying these are the best “villains” in cinematic history, and I mostly aimed for movies that both older and younger generations might know.
1. Jack Nicholson as “The Joker” in Batman: This movie was actually on when I got the idea for this article. It was the scene where The Joker has his face painted to look “normal” to give a televised speech at which point he denied being a psychopath, announced he was going to be giving away $20 million during a parade, and declared that Batman is the real menace to the city.
It reminded me so much of seeing Trump standing on a stage during one of his rallies, denying he’s exactly who we all know he is, claiming that it’s everyone else who are the “real problems.”
2. Kevin Spacey as “Dave Harken” in Horrible Bosses: A guy who ultimately gives himself his own promotion, calls it a “sacrifice” that he’s willing to take on the added responsibility (when he’s really just screwing over his employees), and operates within society without even the slightest regard for human decency or laws — ultimately trying to blame three innocent men for the murder he committed.
3. Thomas F. Wilson as “Biff Tannen” in Back to the Future: An arrogant, self-absorbed bully who picks on the weak, takes credit for other people’s work and sexually assaults women — I don’t really think I need to explain anything further.
4. Marton Csokas as “Guy de Lusignan” in Kingdom of Heaven: If you’ve never seen this movie, you should definitely watch it. Csokas plays a power-hungry egomaniac who’s married to the dying king’s sister who eventually ascends to the throne upon the king’s death — who then immediately uses religion and anti-Islam fear-mongering to manipulate the people into supporting a holy war against Muslims, where he’s soundly defeated because of his arrogance and incompetence.
5. John Hurt as “Adam ‘High Chancellor’ Sutler” in V for Vendetta: An authoritarian-style dictator who targets people he sees as threats, silences and controls the press, while using propaganda to manipulate people and push blatant fear-mongering in a deliberate attempt to make people too afraid to rise up against him.
6. Denzel Washington as “Detective Alonzo Harris” in Training Day: A corrupt murderer who abuses his power to use and walk over others, while strolling through life as if he lives by a completely different set of rules as everyone else — justifying his horrible behavior by making excuses for why he’s better than the criminals he views as beneath him.
7. Leonardo DiCaprio as “Jordan Belfort” in The Wolf of Wall Street: A highly unethical, corrupt, womanizing scumbag who worships greed, believes money and possessions are the most important things in life, cheats on his wife and believes that he’s allowed to live by his own rules. Someone whose main thought in life is doing what’s best for him, no matter how many people he has to con or screw over in the process.
8. Christian Bale as “Patrick Bateman” in American Psycho: Now I’m not saying Trump is a serial killer, so don’t take it like that. However, if you’ve watched this movie, Batemen is the quintessential representation of the hyper-materialistic, greed-focused stereotype from the 80’s where it’s all about where you go, what you do, who you’re seen with and always trying to be better than those around you. Someone who projects confidence, but on the inside is really so insecure that a co-worker having a better looking business card than he does actually sends him into a mild panic attack.
And the way they talk about women during their “locker room talk” (as “The Donald” might call it) is the stereotypical sexism and misogyny that we’ve seen displayed by Trump on numerous occasions.
9. Daniel Day-Lewis as “Bill ‘The Butcher’ Cutting” in Gangs of New York: A power-hungry bully who hates immigrants, pushes over-the-top patriotism to manipulate people into supporting him, blatantly tries to corrupt the political process and goes after anyone who might dare stand in his way.
10. Michael Douglas as “Gordon Gekko” in Wall Street: A shady, crooked, self-centered egomaniac businessman who promotes greed, will use every underhanded dirty trick he thinks he can get away with, and is a character who’s served as a symbol for the disaster known as the “tickle-down economy” worshiped by Republicans that’s done nothing but benefit people like Trump, while screwing over everyone else. You know, the same sort of economy that Donald Trump wants to double-down on if elected.
While Donald Trump isn’t every single aspect of all of these horrible characters, he does share many of the characteristics that make them absolutely awful human beings — which is exactly what he is in real life.
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