Today, Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States of America. The former host of The Apprentice is not afraid to speak his mind, both in speeches and on Twitter, and has become quite known for his opinions on everything from politicians to entertainers. Love him or hate him, it’s clear to all of us that he is not afraid to stir up controversy in order to get his point across.
Today in his inauguration speech, President Donald Trump appears to have accidentally brought up a comparison one would assume he did not mean to make. He spent his campaign promising to “Make America great again,” a sentiment which appealed to many people who distrust the government. He made that promise again in today’s speech, but something he said preceding it brought up a few memories for movie fans, particularly those who enjoyed director Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy.
As reported by EW, it would appear that Trump said something very similar to a line spoken by the villain Bane in The Dark Knight Rises. In the film, Bane, played by actor Tom Hardy, releases the prisoners from Gotham City’s Black Gate prison, climbed on top of a car, and said:
“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.”
You can watch a video that includes footage of Trump delivering the Bane-esque portion of his speech, juxtaposed with actual footage of Bane from The Dark Knight Rises, below:
Trump just went full Bane on us. pic.twitter.com/QWPqvDtC9j— Jae☇ (@JaeRoar) January 20, 2017
While Trump’s quote, spoken at the end of his speech, is not an exact match, the similarities in the last line are very noticeable.
“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.”
A video has already been released placing the two quotes side by side, for comparison.
Granted, Bane was standing on top of a car speaking to a group of escaped felons right before they completely took over the city, while Trump was making his very first speech as the President. Still, that’s probably not a comparison he intended to make.
Some of Trump’s detractors have compared him to fictional villains before. One of the more notable examples is Star Wars actor Mark Hamill, who sometimes records Trump’s quotes in the voice of another Batman villain, The Joker.