A pop culture icon just beat a former first lady to become president.
This is not a flash-forward to November 2016. It's what happened in Guatemala's presidential election over the weekend.
Jimmy Morales is a 46-year-old former comedian and, as of Sunday evening, Guatemala's president-elect. He has never held political office, and yet he got 67.4 percent of the vote in a runoff with former first lady Sandra Torres, whose ex-husband, Alvaro Colom, was president of the country from 2008 to 2012. Torres, a card-carrying member of Guatemala's political establishment, got just 32.6 percent of the vote.
Guatemalans lifted Morales to the land's highest office despite — or perhaps because of — his political inexperience and unorthodox ideas, including a proposal to make teachers wear GPS devices to ensure they do their job and an idea to give each child a smartphone, the BBC reported.
What's more, just like a certain someone, Morales has said and done some things as a professional entertainer that might otherwise disqualify him for political office. He once painted his face black to play a character, "Black Pitaya," and the BBC reports his campaign manifesto is only six pages long.
But despite not knowing where he stands on many of the issues, Guatemalans cheered on Morales as he ran against the backdrop of a major corruption scandal in the Guatemalan government; the president and vice president both recently resigned and are under investigation related to a customs fraud ring.
After all that, Guatemalans appear fed up of the political class, the Los Angeles Times reported, so much so that they were willing to gamble on the exact opposite of a politician to lead their country. Morales's campaign slogan was "ni corrupto, ni ladron" — not corrupt, not a crook.
It all sounds very familiar to anyone following the 2016 U.S. presidential race. And indeed, Morales has even been called "the Donald Trump of Guatemala."
Guatemala and the United States are two very different countries, of course. One is suffering from violence, poverty and corruption and is still recovering from a 36-year civil war; the other is relatively stable and peaceful. In other words, it's very hard to say that just because it happened in one place that it could happen in another.
But the parallels are pretty striking. And we're guessing Mr. Trump might even see fit to mention what happened in Central America this weekend. He loves citing "the polls," after all.