The President* Unknowingly, Hilariously, Depressingly References THE PURGE: ELECTION YEAR
Yesterday, as I am want to do, I was watching The Daily Show with Trevor Noah post-work. After a full day of reading the real news about fake news, it's fun to watch some fake news about real news. This time it was Donald Trump, who recently was at a campaign rally for Rick Saccone attempting to bolster his position for a special election win in a mostly white, rural district that had gone to Trump by over 20 points in the 2016 election. And what was Trump's big way of bringing support to his fellow Republican? Unveiling his re-election slogan like he was dropping a hot new single on his Soundcloud.
"Our new slogan ... is going to be ... Keep America Great, exclamation point," Trump said to cheers, "Keep America Great."
Keep America Great...hmm...that, sounds familiar doesn't it? Then I saw this Tweet from the Blum Man himself:
Now, this White House isn't new to The Purge comparisons. Even Director of Housing and Urban Development, brain surgeon Ben Carson (yes, you should wonder why a surgeon is in charge of HUD which even he has gone on record as saying is "more complex than brain surgery") made allusions to the annual night where all laws are legal when discussing the potential for a nuclear strike on US soil by North Korea. So as I clicked through to the WaPo I didn't expect to get my answer on why Trumps new campaign slogan was so familiar. And then it hit:
Are. You. Fucking. Kidding. Me. With. This. Shit. Right. Here.
The President* of the United States campaign re-election slogan is literally the tagline for a film about a, as the Post so succinctly put it, "dystopian thriller in which a white - nationalist U.S. government suspends the rule of law....Variety described the film as 'a squalid B-movie political horror film that plays to our most reptile-brained basic instincts.' Could there be any better description of the Trump presidency?"
No. There really isn't. The funniest part (or the saddest part, the lines between the two get thinner every day) is that this isn't even satire. It's too on the nose to be blatant comedy. But nonetheless here it is. When parody becomes reality, we need to hold closer our narrative fiction (horror or otherwise) because it may be the only way to tell the difference between the two soon.