Twitter Compared Trump’s RNC Speech To Frank Underwood’s ‘Make America Work Again’ Speech
In a week dominated by scandal, failed coups, and party feuds, the 2016 Republican National Convention felt more like a television drama than one of the nation’s historic events. Even the long-awaited climactic moment — the speech where Republican front-runner Donald Trump officially accepted the party nomination for president — was surreal enough that it could easily have been a scene from one of television’s popular political dramas. But which show? Was the RNC more like an episode of Scandal or The West Wing in its heyday? Well, according to Twitter, Trump’s diabolical takeover of the GOP has always mimicked the calculated scheming of modern-day Machiavelli Frank Underwood from the Netflix series House of Cards. When the real-life candidate took the stage on Thursday night to accept the party mantle, Twitter wasted no time comparing Trump’s RNC speech to Frank Underwood’s “Make America Work Again” speech from the show’s third season. And honestly, the jokes were pretty spot-on.
To be clear, people have been drawing comparisons between Trump’s and Underwood’s presidential campaigns since the billionaire first announced his candidacy. The show’s recent plot twists — including a candidate willing to stir public fears of terrorism and a party out-of-step with public sentiment — might have seemed too far-fetched for real life a year ago. But not after watching Trump’s steady rise among conservative voters and in the Republican party over a field of more established candidates.
5 years ago when 'House of Cards' started we said, 'That's so scary.' Now Trump is here and we're like, 'hahaha, House of Cards is adorable'— David Mitchell (@CommonSenseNS) July 22, 2016
And not after listening to Donald Trump’s first address as the GOP’s official nominee for president. Here’s the opener of Underwood’s “Make America Work Again” speech, as posted on Reddit:
And here’s an excerpt from Trump’s GOP acceptance speech this week, as posted on Politico:
Hmmm. If Trump’s speech left some viewers with a feeling of “life imitating art,” they weren’t alone. As the Republican nominee ticked through his critique of the nation under Democratic leadership, Twitter users ticked through all the ways #TrumpPence2016 suddenly felt like #Underwood2016.
Just finished the Trump speech. Totally expect Frank Underwood to plagiarize it when House of Cards comes back.— Dan Weiss (@DanWeissPBP) July 22, 2016
You know towards the end of Season 2 of House of Cards when Frank creepily hums the presidential theme? I think Trump does that every night.— Steven Damron (@SRDamron) July 22, 2016
The only difference, at least according to some, was that, unlike Underwood’s 2016 platform, the Republican focus on “Mak(ing) America Work Again” had little to say about actual job creation.
Today's theme for #RNCinCLE was "Make America Work Again." As a speech teacher, they'd get an F for not addressing their thesis.— Doug Pruim (@Doug_Pruim) July 20, 2016
"Yeah yeah yeah jobs but like Hilary is the worst right?" -every RNC speech on "Make America Work Again." So do you guys have a plan or...?— Kayleigh Fladung (@kayflad) July 20, 2016
HOC fans may be anxiously awaiting the day that season five (finally!) drops on Netflix, but they certainly won’t be bored during the wait. It looks like Trump and the Republicans have once again stepped up to fill the gap. As for what Trump has planned for the next season — or rather, for the general election — we’ll all just have to tune in.