After this week’s election results, many are asking, “How, exactly, did Donald Trump ascend to the presidency?”
Thinkpieces abound on the subject, written by both sides, but in an election night special, long time political funny man and comic book writer Stephen Colbert offered a different kind of explanation: an animated short, depicting President Donald Trump as an orange, vengeful psychopath worthy of both the DC and Marvel universes.
The short is reminiscent of the classic “Batman: The Animated Series” from the ’90s (at least, its backgrounds and music are). The bit begins with the 2011 White House Correspondents Dinner where real audio of President Obama mocking (now President) Trump over starting the Birther movement and being the host of “The Apprentice”. As with any comic book- style origin, we then flash back to Trump’s childhood where we see Trump has Daddy issues that rival even the worst super villains.
Entitled “The Making of Donald Trump”, the clip served as the cold open for Colbert’s live election night special on Showtime. It may not offer any genuine insight into Trump’s political ambitions, but perhaps references like Trump snorting orange Tic Tacs and bleeding from his ‘wherever’ can provide both those who voted for or against him a darkly comedic chuckle — hopefully.