Even though Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is centered primarily around dinosaurs, genetic meddling, and Chris Pratt's solid comedic timing, it also manages to fit in several jabs at US President Donald J. Trump. Though there is no direct mention of Trump, the movie makes a handful of references.
In Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Owen Grady (played by Chris Pratt) and Claire Dearing (played by Bryce Dallas Howard) return to Isla Nublar three years after the events of the first Jurassic World in order to help vacate as many dinosaurs off the island as possible before a volcano wipes them out completely. However, when the rescue mission turns out to be a ruse, they infiltrate the mysterious estate of John Hammond's former partner (played by James Cromwell), unraveling a dark conspiracy that threatens the entire human race with the risk of extinction. Also starring Rafe Spall, Justice Smith, Daniella Pineda, Toby Jones, Ted Levine, and Isabella Sermon, Fallen Kingdom was directed by J.A. Bayona (The Orphanage, A Monster Calls) and co-written by Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly. And sprinkled in between all the dino-fueled chaos are a few jabs at Trump - mostly for comedic purposes.
Over the course of the movie, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is peppered with politics. From the very get-go, Claire is desperately attempting to convince US senators to support her grassroots initiative to save the dinosaurs from Isla Nublar's volcanic eruption, there are pro-dinosaur protests in Washington D.C., and Dr. Ian Malcolm (played by Jeff Goldblum) sits before the US Senate to offer his two-cents on whether the government should interfere. Then, every so often, there is an indirect reference made to US President Donald Trump, beginning with a news chyron stating that the current president in office isn't for or against saving the dinosaurs, but outright denies their existence completely. This might be a reference to Trump's association with "fake news."
Later on, when head mercenary Ken Wheatley (played by Levine) is interacting with paleoveterinarian Zia Rodriguez (played by Pineda), her refers to her as a "nasty woman." These two characters have a heated relationship early on, but the line is almost certainly a direct nod to something Trump said during the third presidential debate between himself and Hillary Clinton in 2016. While Clinton was discussing how her administration might improve Social Security in the US, Trump interrupted her by saying, "Such a nasty woman."
Then, near the final act of the movie, auctioneer Gunnar Eversol (played by Jones) comes face-to-face with the Indoraptor and is revealed to sport a combover hairstyle similar to Trump. In fact, when the Indoraptor growls at Eversol's face, its gust of breath blows Eversol's combover back, possibly nodding to several images of Trump that revealed a similar effect.
The deliberateness of these references hasn't been confirmed or denied by the cast or crew, but they seem fairly on-the-nose. What's more is that they also suggest that Trump not only exists in the Jurassic World universe, but may even be the President of the United States during the events of the movie.
- Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) release date: Jun 22, 2018
- Jurassic World 3 (2021) release date: Jun 11, 2021