These Trump & Bane Memes Are Hilarious

by Allie Gemmill
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Well, it happened. During President Trump's inauguration speech, he accidentally quoted Bane, a notorious Batman villain who presented himself as a revolutionary fighting for the people. Sound like anyone you know? At one point in his speech, Trump began speaking about the peaceful transition of presidential power, which is a typical practice when going from one presidency into another. It was then that he said the following:

"Today, we are not merely transferring power from one administration to another or from one party to another, but we are transferring power from Washington, D.C. and giving it back to you, the people."

Some were quick to notice that it sounded eerily similar to a speech that Bane gave during The Dark Knight Rises:

"We take Gotham from the corrupt! The rich! The oppressors of generations who have kept you down with myths of opportunity, and we give it back to you, the people."

As one might expect, once the correlation was drawn, reactions were rather mixed. To give the appearance of quoting Bane — a Batman villain who in The Dark Knight Rises is hell-bent on tearing down Gotham's greedy institutions, which seem to take from its people — unintentionally added a more ominous layer to President Trump's speech. It should be noted that no one knows for sure whether it was Trump's intention to quote Bane.

However, the internet wasted no time reacting to this blunder. As with many an iconic pop culture happening, the Trump and Bane memes quickly flowed on Twitter. Here are some of the best so far.

Like You, Dwight Schrute Is Not Too Pleased With This

That head shake is all we need in a moment like this.

When Trump Can't Even Be Like Bane Properly

Trump had one job to do during that speech and it was: Deliver a speech. It was pretty easy to avoid references to comic book villains, but alas, here we are.

Because Yes, Bane Was A Good Dude Too

Trump and Bane purport to care about the well-being of the people, so yeah, I guess it all shakes out.

When All You Can Ask Is "Why?"

I don't know. I guess this is about the bare minimum we could expect from our 45th president?

It's Proof That Something Is Afoot

Listen, I'm not going to specifically label this Bane-referencing business as "good" or "bad," but it is very, very interesting.

Plagiarism? Referencing? Everything Is Flexible Nowadays

I am secretly hoping that Pence actually quotes Princess Leia, but that's just me.

More to come...