The political pundits at Jezebel have posted a scathing criticism of President Donald J. Trump’s Inaugural address. In it, they accuse the President of plagiarism. That alone would be news, but the source of the speech is what has captured readers’ attention.
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The crew at Jezebel paint the picture this way: “[Parts of Trump’s Speech] were directly lifted from the D.C. comics villain Bane.”
Compare Trump’s declaration that, “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 born 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.”
Sound familiar? Declareth the cartoon Batman villain: “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 and 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!”
Is there something darker lurking behind Trump’s premiere message?
Is this the start of a new meme?
This is hardly a new idea. Several months ago, the YouTube channel Washington Free Beacon ran a video along the same theme. This was well before the inauguration, though, so the comparison had less to do with abject plagarism than an overall comparison of the two personas.