Donald Trump just finished giving his inaugural address to relatively small crowds on the National Mall. He spoke of defending borders, crime, bringing back jobs, helping America start “winning” again, and … he possibly, definitely, cribbed a line from Bane, the iconic Batman villain.
Here’s an edit from Jezebel showing the controversial leaders giving their inspirational speeches back-to-back:
Here’s Trump’s speech:
Today’s ceremony, however, has very special meaning. Because 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.
Compare that to Bane’s speech from The Dark Knight Rises in 2012.
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 it turns out, libertarian pundit Ben Domenech predicted the exact line Trump would share with Bane:
As our new president might say, quoting Bane, “Now is not the time for fear. That comes later.”