Doctor: “Damage has taken place to the normally dominant left hemisphere—and the right hemisphere is attempting to compensate.”
Robert Arctor: “You mean the two hemispheres of my brain…are competing?”
—”A Scanner Darkly”
The notion that Donald Trump might have possibly believed Bruce Wayne is a real person is no surprise to me.
Superhero motifs have been a driving force in the collective ideological and political psyche since at least 2008, when Heath Ledger died and The Dark Knight came out.
Trump has found himself as a comic book-styled character within a comic book-styled narrative. As I can tell you from personal experience, it is indeed very strange when you wake up to yourself as a character inside an actual comic book; it is much better to enjoy the adventure and not be aware of the truth.
Trump was styled as the classic “big boss,” as the villain, to play out the comic book narrative. Within that narrative was another narrative in which he was the Hero—but the larger narrative was the most crucial, was being created in the Frankenstein labs way before all this drama.
Here is the cover to the 1989 graphic novel Lex Luthor: The Unauthorized Biography:
If the cover looks familiar to you, it’s probably because…
Now, if we zip forward to 2000, we have the “President Luthor” storyline…where Superman’s arch-villain becomes president of the United States.
While it was initially controversial for Luthor to become President, he scored some points by leading the country through the next year’s “Our Worlds At War” storyline (which featured striking 9/11-styled imagery a couple of days before the actual 9/11 attack on America).
Anyway…Trump inspires a Lex Luthor comic…Lex Luthor becomes the President of the United States…Donald Trump becomes President of the United States…Jimmy Kimmel makes a parody cartoon where all of Lex Luthor’s lines are dubbed by Donald Trump.
Trump wakes up one morning, possibly yesterday morning (when he allegedly didn’t want to get out of bed), and realizes: “I am in a comic book narrative. This was all planned. This was all planned before me. I’m the fucking villain in a comic book. This is bullshit. I didn’t plan this. This is some serious bullshit right here.”
Please do not misunderstand: I’m not letting him off the hook for things he has done. I’m just saying: there is a little bit of esoteric synchromystic fuckery going on. As was the case with the 9/11 imagery in a comic book literally right before 9/11.
Bonus: I worked at said comic book publisher BOTH during the President Luthor storyline AND the “Our Worlds At War” 9/11 sync. In fact, I watched the Twin Towers collapse on a monitor in the conference room of said publisher as we had a copy of the comic that “predicted” the event in our own goddamn hands! In fact, I was witness to a panicked conversation at said publisher about the “9/11” comics in question; it was too late to pull them from the warehouse & the fear was that they would seem in “bad taste.”
Like I said: esoteric synchromystic fuckery.
This is some high-level shit, folks…at least 4- or even 5-D 20-sided holographic dice “let the Wookie win” multi-level chess the likes of which we may never even BEGIN to fully fathom.
I realize, right before I leave for work, that what I have written here thus far begs the question: what happened to Lex Luthor’s presidency in “President Luthor?”
To which I will do the responsible thing—cut-and-paste from Wikipedia:
The initial story arc of the Superman/Batman ongoing series depicts the fall of Luthor’s reign as U.S. President. In “The World’s Finest” (more commonly referred to as “Public Enemies”), a cadre of superheroes eventually break ranks from the Justice League to oppose Luthor. Superman and Batman, who had previously forbidden any attempt to unseat Luthor from office by force, led the storming of the White House. This was predicated by an attempt on Luthor’s part to link Superman to a kryptonite asteroid that is hurtling toward Earth, claiming that he had ‘evidence’—which he declined to share while claiming that it would make the public laud his actions if they knew it—that the asteroid was being drawn to Earth by Superman, offering a billion dollar reward for Superman’s capture that pitted Superman and Batman against an army of supervillains, all of whom they defeated. Luthor even attempted to send a team of superheroes after them under the leadership of Captain Atom—the team consisting of Major Force, Black Lightning, Power Girl, Starfire, Katana and Green Lantern, but this plan failed when Katana and Power Girl quickly sided with Superman and Batman and Major Force was apparently killed, Power Girl noting that Luthor had assumed in his arrogance that the heroes would obey him simply because he was President. When the Justice Society’s forced attempt to stop them by sending Hawkman and Captain Marvel against them met with failure and resulted in Superman and Batman briefly infiltrating the White House, Luthor, in an enraged and desperate gambit after Superman’s rapid defeats of his plans, used a variant combination of the “super-steroid” Venom (a chemical associated with the Batman villain Bane), liquid synthetic kryptonite, and an Apokoliptian battlesuit to fight Superman directly.
The madness that is a side effect of Venom takes hold, and during the ensuing fight with Superman and Batman, Luthor admits he had traded the creature Doomsday to Darkseid in return for weapons during the Our Worlds at War crisis; in doing so, he inadvertently provides a confession which is captured on video by Batman. Returning to the LexCorp building to regroup after Superman damaged his battlesuit, Luthor finds that the acting CEO, Talia Head, has sold the entire company to the Wayne Foundation, forcing Luthor to escape and go into hiding. Following Luthor’s bankruptcy and total disgrace, Vice President Pete Ross briefly assumes his place as President. Luthor serves fewer than three years.
Have a good Thursday.