The Donald Trump References In 'AHS: Cult' Prove The Fear That He Inspires Is Here To Stay
The election of Donald Trump instilled real fear into the hearts of many immigrants, members of the LGBTQ community, minorities, women, and others, but the 2016 presidential election being the jumping off point for Season 7 of American Horror Story still seemed like an odd choice. After all, Ryan Murphy's anthology series is known for serial killers, the dead never dying, and paranormal beings like witches and vampires — not controversial celebrities-turned-presidents. But Murphy is using not only the fear that occurred after Trump became president, but also the fear that helped him become elected in the first place, as the overarching theme for his seventh edition of the franchise and because of that, Trump references in American Horror Story: Cult abound.
Although Trump won't be making any cameos in AHS, he is featured in the series through actual news footage, as is his 2016 presidential election opponent Hillary Clinton. Cult starts with footage from their campaigns, which leads to election night coverage that Sarah Paulson's Ally and Evan Peters' Kai watch separately and with vastly different reactions when Trump is announced as the winner. Trump and Clinton also get some screen time in the opening credits, thanks to people putting on masks of their faces.
But just as election night meant that the U.S. was going to have four years of President Trump, the Trump references don't end there on Cult. And though the coverage is not all good, America's narcissistic president might delight in knowing that he's a major talking point of Murphy's American Horror Story in the premiere episode, "Election Night," and beyond.
Kai speaks at a local city council meeting in the first episode about how humans love fear above all else and that they have built fear up "brick by brick" to make it "as tall as the Trump Tower."
Trump Addresses Congress
When Ally goes to the grocery store, it's allegedly empty because people are at home watching the president's speech. The speech being referenced is Trump's address to a joint session of Congress on Feb. 28, 2017. Underneath the dialogue, you can hear Trump saying:
Make America Great Again Hat
Speaking of making America great again, Chaz Bono's character Gary Longstreet, who is the grocery store cashier, dons his Make America Great Again hat. Unsurprisingly, Bono, who is transgender, is not a Trump supporter in real life.
Spoke to U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May today to offer condolences on the terrorist attack in London. She is strong and doing very well.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 23, 2017
Like most people, Ally can't help herself from looking at Trump's Twitter feed, even after her therapist tells her to avoid social media. She says to her phone screen, "Stop tweeting," while reading the above tweet about the London terrorist attack that occurred near the Houses of Parliament in March 2017.
Trump's Comments About Mexican Immigrants
When Kai announces that he'll be running for city council after he was beaten up by Mexican migrant workers (an attack he provoked), he says, "When President Trump called them 'criminals and rapists,' he was viciously attacked by the PC police." Kai is referencing Trump's infamous and insulting comments about Mexican immigrants from his campaign kickoff speech. "When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best. They're not sending you. They're not sending you," Trump said. "They're sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists. And some, I assume, are good people."
This list will be updated as the season continues.