DC Comics Tackled Trump's Conflict of Interest Crisis Over 15 Years Ago

Politics and comics have been intertwined since the days of World War II. However, sometimes, comics have also alluded to things to come, as evidenced by DC's Batman #611.

Vox's Matthew Yglesias tweeted, "In the context of a comic book about an alien with superpowers and a billionaire who dresses up in a bat costume to beat up criminals, it was not considered plausible that the President of the United States would be permitted to simultaneously own an operating business." The tweet was followed by a panel from the 2003 release.

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In the panel, Batman is seen speaking with Talia Head (aka Talia al Ghul) in her LexCorp office. They exchange some words before readers are given a rundown of then-President Lex Luthor. One bubble states, "Currently, Talia Head, the estranged daughter of megalomaniac Ra's al Ghul, was handed the reins when Luthor took the Oath of Office and was forced to divest himself of any conflict of interest."

The panel's statement was prophetic, as President Trump has faced constant backlash for his business interest conflicting with his presidential duties.

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Released in 2003, Batman #611 was written by Jeph Loeb with art by Jim Lee. The comic marked the beginning of the Hush-Batman conflict, which was recently adapted as an animated feature film.

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