Although Mark Hamill is convinced Donald Trump has been channeling the Joker, the 45th President of the United States may instead be looking to another of Gotham's rogues for inspiration.
In his inaugural address this afternoon, Trump appears to have inadvertently referenced Bane's speech from 2012's "The Dark Knight Rises." At least we think it was inadvertent.
As noted by Deadspin editor Timothy Burke, Trump's line, "But we are transferring power from Washington, D.C., and giving it back to you, the people," echoes Bane's speech delivered at the steps of Blackgate Prison. "We take Gotham from the corrupt! The rich! The oppressors of generations who have kept you down with myths of opportunity," Tom Hardy's villain says, "and we give it back to you, the people."
Burke even provides a video comparison of the two passages:
— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) January 20, 2017
Of course, Trump's voice isn't quite as distinctive, or mystifying, as Bane's, and the newly minted president didn't go on to promise that, "Gotham is yours. None shall interfere. Do as you please." Jezebel goes on to quote larger swaths of both speeches, which don't share the same words but arguably are similar in tone.
Mind you, if you are going to quote Bane from "The Dark Knight Rises," there are far worse passages you could reference, particularly if you've just been sworn in as Leader of the Free World. "There’s a reason why this prison is the worst hell on Earth," for instance, or "You could watch me torture an entire city."
Eh, maybe save those for the State of the Union.