When the 2016 Presidential Election took place, my Mom and I went to vote together because we were confident the glass ceiling would be shattered by electing Hillary Clinton as President of the United States.
Even when things began to take a turn for the worst, I was assured I would awaken to fantastic news! Needless to say, I grossly underestimated the elections results and my faith in a fair election. A reality star, millionaire and a man who once appeared in the feature film Home Alone 2, was now the leader of the free world.
What the hell happened? Everyone political pundit around the world’s famous last words were “He’s not going to be President of the United States!!!” This is an individual who made lewd comments about grabbing women by their private parts, insulted Muslims, African-Americans, Mexicans, disabled and the list goes on for miles. Yet, he now occupies the oval office with such nicknames as Cheeto-In-Chief, Mango Mussolini and many, many more.
TRUMPED shares the real-time line account from the moment Donald J. Trump announced running to being named the GOP front-runner to clinching delegates to becoming the 45th President of the United States.
Let’s start with the positive reasons citizens may have voted…
- Seemingly Good Father
- Entertaining to Watch
- Great at hurling out one liners
The down side of having a reality star for POTUS…
- Slanderous Bully
- Vocabulary and Temperament of a 12-year old child
- No government experience
- Out of touch with Americans needs (ie, having an Easter Celebration the day after and throwing a baseball cap at a child)
- His words and actions have brought out closet racists
- Ignorant and Stubborn
Trumped: Inside The Greatest Political Upset of All Time illustrates history has proven that a Presidential candidate always has an “October Surprise”. With Clinton, Wikileaks released more info surrounding the ongoing saga of emails. With Trump, a “locker room” discussion with now defunct Access Hollywood/TODAY Show host Billy Bush about “grabbing pussy”. Then the impossible went down, Donald J. Trump became President squeaking with wins in key states like Ohio and Michigan.
It’s like political pundit Van Jones says in the film, “You tell your kids don’t be a bully, don’t be a bigot…this is a whitelash against having a Black President and wanting a change in the country.
With many pundits weighing in on both sides of the issue, from both camps, the easiest way to explain his victory is simply that Trump had a microphone, a hat, fat bank account, Putin and Twitter.
With the final image resting on a press conference between Trump and outgoing President Obama (who Trump criticized and berated for 8 years), Obama graciously stated to the press corps, “If you succeed, then the country succeeds”.
I guess we will just have to wait and see. Man, it’s gonna be a really long four years.
TRUMPED can be streamed live via Showtime and was a feature documentary during the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.