Future Trump Slogan Already Claimed by Dystopian Cinema

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

If a comedian told this joke you might say it's a little too on the nose, but this is real life.

Despot-elect Donald Trump participated in an interview with the Washington Post where he loudly exclaimed that his next campaign slogan will be "Keep America Great," but that slogan is apparently already taken.

As Proma Khosla at Mashable points out, dystopian horror movie The Purge: Election Year already used "Keep America Great."

Before its release, writer James DeMonaco told Entertainment Weekly that parallels between the film and the 2016 election were not accidental. At the time the "Keep America Great" tagline was a direct response to Trump's "Make America Great Again" slogan. Time is a flat circle.

"Oddly enough, the guy who plays the President in the movie, he plays him like Trump — totally by accident," actor Frank Grillo told in 2016.

Hopefully this won't turn out to be a case of life imitating art, but I'm not the most optimistic person these days.

With that said, I'm skeptical that Trump will actually make it through the next four years and have an opportunity to use another stupid slogan. Push is going to come to shove and, at some point, he's going to have to chose between the United States and Russia. How will he respond when Russia invades another neighbor? Will he lift sanctions? We're going to find out sooner rather than later.

  • muselet

    The Donald Trump who has yet to be sworn into office but is already running for reelection in four years is the same Donald Trump who loudly decried the permanent campaign not so long ago.

    Odd, that.


  • Aynwrong

    The opportunities to compare real life to dystopian horror/sci-fi film and literature are about to become myriad. Personally, I usually go with John Carpenter, but that’s just me.

    • Scopedog

      Nothing wrong with going with Carpenter–he’s one of my favorites, and Lord knows that ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK, THEY LIVE, and ESCAPE FROM L.A. are looking more true to life than before.

      I guess things will go in the direction of V FOR VENDETTA or CHILDREN OF MEN.

      • Aynwrong

        Morning after election day I woke up with the soundtrack from John Carpenter’s The Thing echoing in my mind. It seemed very appropriate.

      • Draxiar

        V for Vendetta immediately came to mind when trump “won” the election.