Donald Trump Inauguration Address Compared to Batman Villain Bane’s Speech

Donald Trump Bane
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Did the Donald Trump plagiarize the Batman villain Bane in his inaugural address? Some people on the internet sure seem to think so.

The line in question?

“We give it back to you… the people.”

Trump was referring to the transfer of power that occurs during the inauguration.

“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.”

He added, “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 all across our land. That all changes starting right here and right now because this moment is your moment. It belongs to you.”

Bane, on the other hand was referring to the fictional city of Gotham, which he proclaims himself to be taking back 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. Gotham is yours.”

The messages are actually pretty similar, minus the fact that one was delivered by a supergenius villain raised in prison and the other by the newly-inaugurated leader of the free world.

Watch the clips side-by-side in a video, tweeted by Deadspin’s Timothy Burke, below:

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  1. meula says:

    Correction. Trump is not the newly inaugurated leader of the free world. That title passed directly from Barak Obama to Agela Merkel upon Trump’s inauguration.

  2. Pstm13 says:

    You guys stole my Tweet. I just thought the guys name was different. Tweeted at 10:26 @pstm13

  3. phil coppney says:

    Is this the best you could do?

  4. Sure, and it’s plagiarism to say God Bless America too, since other Presidents have said the same thing?

    Give me a break!

  5. Art says:

    Is that all you got? Are you “internet people” for real? Just go back to your fantasy video games and please leave the real true life to the “Land of the free, And the home of the brave”!

  6. R Sloat says:

    Using the same line doesn’t mean Donald Trump is the same as Bane, any more than it meant that Melania Trump is the same as Michelle Obama.

  7. Julie E says:

    We’re doomed. Trump is such a pathological liar and a fake!

  8. Steve Barr says:

    Bane at least had class and a sense of style . Trump is just a two-bit fascist bully boy with delusions of grandeur.

  9. WiscoJoe says:

    So Dark Knight Rises…

    Bane is secretly working for a foreign organization that is hellbent on bringing down Western democracy.

    Bane ratfucks the city of Gotham in to turning against Batman and it’s leaders, by claiming that they are so corrupt that literally the only answer is to abandon democracy altogether.

    Bane exploits populism and legitimate class conflict to further his own autocratic goals.

    Bane isolates Gotham by blowing up bridges and putting up walls.

    And it’s all because Bane is desperately trying to mask his own internal pain.

    Good thing silly comic book movies are escapist fantasies that should only be judged on how much ‘fun’ they are to watch!

  10. Betsy Ross says:

    This is unbelievably stupid, even for Variety.

  11. Mr. Pizza says:

    Trumps a big guy

  12. Thales says:

    Dear god, this is terrible journalism if it can even be called that.

    What Trump said, “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 born the cost.”

    What Bane 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.”

    Seven words were in the same order “giving it back to you the people”, not an uncommon theme either! David Cameron has said similar words. Alan Moore uses this in V for Vendetta. It has been used time and time again throughout American history.

    The only way I can call this journalism is by putting yellow in front.

    Hold yourself to a better standard and not this click-bait crap.

    • Julie E says:

      You are being conned. He is lying about giving it back to the people. He just appointed a pay-for-play cabinet with no experience except in using the system for their own personal financial gain!!

  13. Ha! says:

    Ha! – America tried “Trickle Down” with Reagan, weathered “Iran-Contra” with Bush Sr., suffered the effects of “NAFTA” with Clinton, stomached “War Making” with Bush-Cheney, and tried singing “Kumbaya” with Obama, so now “Bane” by Trump actually looks better than anything from HRC.

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