President Trump hasn’t been many of his rambling “old guy yelling on the White House lawn” videos since former Fox News president Bill Shine left the communications team, but he’s still tweeting videos. The latest is an incoherent propaganda short featuring a number of celebrities for some reason.
Trump tweeted the video, set to a clip of the score from Christopher Nolan’s Batman film The Dark Knight, and it’s pretty effing weird.
MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN! pic.twitter.com/diXWQHuyGj
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 9, 2019
The video opens with shots of Trump’s political opponents, including President Obama and Hillary Clinton, and includes title cards in a cinematic font. In sequence, the first cards read “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they call you racist.” After a series of other clips, a card reading “Donald J. Trump” is displayed followed by a series of celebrities. The next cards read “Your vote” / “proved them all wrong.” The video ends with a campaign-style card reading “Trump” and “the great victory” which gets slammed into by a giant “2020.” (Yeah, it’s bizarre.)
The celebrity cameos are the weirdest part of the video. There’s Trump foe Rosie O’Donnell:
Rosie O’Donnell is in here, for some reason pic.twitter.com/6CzXncMGwK
— Elise Foley (@elisefoley) April 9, 2019
Bryan Cranston for some reason:
And Amy Schumer:
Trump also gives a shoutout to some of his favorite strongmen, Kim Jong Un and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro:
Two foreign leaders get shoutouts in this video: Brazil's Jair Bolsonaro and North Korea's Kim Jong Un https://t.co/WXVoI8XlA1
— Lachlan Markay (@lachlan) April 9, 2019
Twitter didn’t waste any time dunking on the bizarre video:
What the fuck did I just watch? https://t.co/3ZkEPuNCND
— Emily C. Singer (@CahnEmily) April 9, 2019
it is wild that the president tweeted a video that actively brings up the fact that people call him racist https://t.co/7f4yFimtDc
— Kevin Robillard (@Robillard) April 9, 2019
Only a deeply insecure man would post a video like this about himself. https://t.co/brsD3cbAwg
— Matt Wilstein (@mattwilstein) April 9, 2019
Stop spending our tax dollars on this shit. https://t.co/aLay3fh1XQ
— rabia O'chaudry (@rabiasquared) April 9, 2019
(It’s unclear if any taxpayer money was spent or if this was paid for by the Trump campaign.)
Even their editing is shit. https://t.co/sPuXcDbW4S
— Jesse Coane (@jessecoane) April 9, 2019
Even on its own terms as simple propaganda, this is incoherent. https://t.co/k5HCWLgO61
— Gary Legum (@GaryLegum) April 9, 2019
Some people are questioning whether Trump’s use of The Dark Knight theme is a copyright violation. Other videos Trump has posted with unlicensed music have been removed in the past.
— dom nero (@dominicknero) April 9, 2019
MAGA land is a very weird place, and I wish our president didn’t keep forcing us to visit.