Despite having spent his adult life on the periphery of politics as a prosperous businessman and well-known celebrity, Donald Trump was an outsider to the lifelong political insiders when he decided to run for president in 2016.
Trump used the phrase “draining the swamp” to allude to career politicians and powerful political families who aim to abuse their positions of authority, disregard the law, and line their own wallets. He won his race because his message resonated with Americans. To the fury of the existing political landscape, Trump refused to accept a salary, donating his to charity and bringing in his crew to start honoring his pledges. To put it mildly, he stirs up some controversy.
Since then, Democrats have been hiding in fear, and Trump’s detractors have gone to great lengths to discredit him—even when doing so exposes their own lawlessness or flaws.
Trump, who has so far survived all political upheavals and faces the upcoming midterm elections and the 2024 presidential election, appears set to compete for the White House again, even if he hasn’t explicitly said that’s what he wants to do.
The man does appear to be larger than life, thus it is understandable that satirical political criticism would portray him in this manner.
In recent years, political satire and comedy have risen to new heights in online news, and in some instances, the genre has become increasingly accurate.
Donald Trump, a former president, uploaded a video to Truth Social on Monday night that mixed some clever editing with the claim that Trump rules the jungle and compares him to a lion.
According to a report by Mediaite published on Tuesday, the video is from The United Spot, a website that ‘trafficks in racist stereotypes for humor.’ The actor Christopher Walken who performed the monologue featured in the video was last seen in the 2002 movie Poolhall Junkies.
Nancy Pelosi, Democratic impeachment managers, and the Republican members of the House January 6 select committee are some of the rivals mentioned in the brief advertisement.
Images of the former president and his adversaries, paired to Walken’s voice-over, set the stage for Trump’s political comeback despite efforts to have him removed from the political scene.
‘‘You got this lion. He’s the king of the jungle, huge mane out to here. He’s laying under a tree, in the middle of Africa. He’s so big, it’s so hot. He doesn’t want to move,’’ Walken says.
Images from Trump’s inauguration day in 2017 are shown in the film, first with the new president, First Lady Melania Trump, and son Barron participating in the parade on Pennsylvania Avenue and then at the swearing-in ceremony at the Capitol Building.
Trump is formidable in pictures, tall and muscular.
“Now the little lions come, they start messing with him. Biting his tail, biting his ears. He doesn’t do anything,” Walken continues. “The lioness, she starts messing with him. Coming over, making trouble. Still nothing.”
Then Walken’s narration makes reference to the jungle animals who try to assault the King in groups.
“Now the other animals, they notice this. They start to move in,” the actor says. “The jackals, hyenas.”
The footage of the Democratic impeachment managers from Trump’s initial impeachment is then shown. The group can be seen moving forward slowly in the footage.
It depicts Pelosi participating in an impeachment press conference before defiantly tearing up Trump’s State of the Union address behind his back.
“They’re barking at him, laughing at him. They nip his toes, and eat the food that’s in his domain,’ Walken continues. ‘They do this, then they get closer and closer, bolder and bolder.”
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