If you watched President Donald Trump’s inaugural address on the weekend, you might have noticed that it sounded a bit… familiar.
Trump’s speech painted a picture of a dark, desperate America — an America overrun by crime, and abandoned by the corrupt establishment.
The speech bore little comparison to the inspirational, uplifting rhetoric often employed by Barack Obama — but it has been compared to DC Comics supervillain Bane.
Compare this passage from Trump’s speech…
Today’s ceremony, however, has very special meaning. Because 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.
For too long, a small group in our nation’s capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost. Washington flourished — but the people did not share in its wealth. Politicians prospered — but the jobs left, and the factories closed.
The establishment protected itself, but not the citizens of our country. Their victories have not been your victories; their triumphs have not been your triumphs; and while they celebrated in our nation’s capital, there was little to celebrate for struggling families across our land.
That all changes — starting right here, and right now, because this moment is your moment: it belongs to you.
With this passage from Batman villain Bane’s speech in Christopher Nolan’s 2012 film, The Dark Knight Rises…
We take Gotham from the corrupt! The oppressors of generations who have kept you down with myths of opportunity, and we give it back to you… the people. Gotham is yours. None shall interfere. Do as you please.
Of course, it’s one thing for a single line to be the same — surely, in the history of political speechifying, Trump and Bane aren’t the only two men to utter those words.
What’s wild is that Trump and Bane’s speeches are so thematically similar; that they’re both selling their followers on the idea of pulling the corrupt from their decadent nests and taking back power that they have somehow lost.
YouTuber Film Gob noticed the similarities between the two speeches, and cut together the above video.
Oh, and by the way, here’s Donald Trump in 2012, talking about how much he loves The Dark Knight Rises.
The fire rises…