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:
Some were quick to notice that it sounded eerily similar to a speech that Bane gave during The Dark Knight Rises:
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
Donald trump is pulling a Reverse Bane. pic.twitter.com/A1rEzftPTx— Return of the Jedi (@RochardScott) December 30, 2016
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
Donald Trump: "We give it back to you - the people."— Sam Wilkinson (@SammyWilkPriv) January 20, 2017
Bane: "We give it back to you - the people." pic.twitter.com/3TxWxTvD3k
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
2016: Melania steals from a Michelle Obama speech— Noah Kinsey (@thenoahkinsey) January 20, 2017
2017: Trump steals from a Bane speech
2018: Pence steals from an Emperor Palpatine speech
I am secretly hoping that Pence actually quotes Princess Leia, but that's just me.
More to come...