No matter which candidate one ultimately chose to vote for, most Americans are likely to agree that the 2016 presidential election was one of if not the most contentious elections in modern U.S. history. Primarily pitting Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton against Republican nominee — and eventual winner — Donald Trump, the 2016 election seemed to bring out the worst in both sides of the political aisle. The election ending has done nothing to heal this divide either, with Americans at large more at odds politically than ever.
In times such as these, one might wish that a more unifying candidate for president of the United States had emerged, a candidate whose fans span across nearly all demographic lines. Who would be worthy for filling such a role? There is but one answer: Batman. One of the most popular superheroes of all time, the Caped Crusader carries with him both a decades-long commitment to applying equal justice under the law, and a zero tolerance policy when it comes to corruption and crime.
Seemingly taking the above notion to heart, some voters in Osceola County, FL — the county that happens to include the famous Walt Disney World theme park — opted to shove aside both Clinton and Trump in favor of casting a write-in vote for Bruce Wayne’s nocturnal alter ego. This report comes courtesy of local paper the Osceola News-Gazette. Sadly, these ballots were cast for naught, as candidates must be registered as a write-in option for any write-in votes for them to be counted.
While Batman clearly doesn’t possess any prior experience as an elected office holder, that likely wouldn’t prove to be too much of a roadblock, as Trump’s victory proves that past governing experience is not necessarily seen by voters as a prerequisite for the presidency. Bruce Wayne also has the money and resources to fund a robust (re)election campaign, should the need arise, without becoming beholden to big-money donors. There’s a chance he might end up impeached though, as Batman has repeatedly shown a willingness to bend or even break the rules if it means doing what he sees as the right thing. That kind of thing often doesn’t go over well with either the legislative or judicial branches of government.
Is considering the implications of a Batman presidency a silly thing to do? Yeah, kinda, although probably not as silly as actually voting for a fictional character. But after all the turmoil 2016 has put the world through, a little Dark Knight-based silliness is to be expected.