The speaker painted a bleak picture of a world run by elites, in which the little guy was being stomped on by the oppressive ruling class — a ruling class that could only be ousted by an unprecedented uprising by the masses themselves.
The solution to that oppression? Turning power back over to the people.
We're speaking, of course, about the bad guy in the last Batman movie — Bane in “The Dark Knight Rises.”
And: yes, okay, President Trump's inaugural address hit some of the same notes.
Democrats pretty much across the board slammed Trump's speech as “dark” and “divisive.”
America needs our president to unite us. That was a dark campaign speech. No attempt to bring us together. Deeply troubling. #Inauguration
— Rep. Jim McGovern (@RepMcGovern) January 20, 2017
President Trump's dark portrait of America, crime ridden & weak, makes me long for Obama. Miss his optimism & hope and its only been an hour
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) January 20, 2017
A dark, dystopian, defiant inaugural speech that begins a new presidency without aspiration or reconciliation.
— Gerry Connolly (@GerryConnolly) January 20, 2017
But beyond the thematic similarities, a short section of Trump's speech sounded like it could have been lifted word-for-word from Bane. Watch and decide for yourself.