November 24, 2015 by timbuckler
Since inheriting his fathers company in 1971 Donald Trump has been in the public eye. Over the years he has become one of the biggest players in the real estate industry and a media celebrity. He is worth billions, investing in companies and marketing his name on television companies, restaurants, hotels, bars, book publishers, clothing, even chocolate. Each business is branded by the tycoon’s moniker, all stemming from The Trump Organization.
Trump announced that he would run as a candidate for the U.S Presidency in June 2015 and since then his net worth reduced by $125 million thanks to some controversial and racist comments.
“The U.S. has become a dumping ground for everybody else’s problems. … When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. 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.”
The comments led to television that shows that he owns such as The Apprentice and various beauty pageants being dropped by the American TV network NBC. With all that wealth and power there was no reason Trump couldn’t put forward an anti -immigrant argument without condemning an entire nation. So what provoked this household name to resort to such villainous tactics? For answers maybe we can look at Trump’s fictional doppelganger: Superman’s arch nemesis Lex Luthor.
In the comics Luthor has always embodied the fears of America. During the cold war he was an evil scientist, threatening the world with atomic power. In the mid eighties he was re-written as a more recognisable villain to the public, an evil corporate executive.
Over time his industry grew, becoming one or the most profitable companies in the world. The similarities between Lex and Trump were not subtle. Lex even had Lexcorp Tower in Metropolis as his main business HQ, clearly a reflection of the real world Trump Tower in Manhattan.
In the early 2000’s during the Bush administration DC comics had Lex run for and eventually win US Presidency, a full 15 years before Donald threw his hat onto the campaign trail. They even share the same views on immigration although Lex extends his politics to the stars above. Luthor believes that aliens cannot be trusted and pose a threat to the Earth. Keep in mind that Superman is the last son of a lost world and a refugee. Superman is the ultimate immigrant.
So what is Luthors true reasoning behind his views? His ego. He hates the fact that Superman is more popular than him. He is a self made man who worked hard from poverty to get were he is and this superhero swoops in from the sky and takes all the love of a nation which he thinks is rightfully his.
That is the main difference between Luthor and Trump. Trump inherited his money. He was raised in a protected and comfortable perception of the world and has never really experienced what it is like to be lower class. Maybe he has his own egotistical reasons for becoming President. Maybe he has conquered every other business and medium that this is the logical next step for his thirst for power. I honestly cannot see how Mexican immigrants have personally affected him nor do I understand how he could grasp how it feels to be a workingman who needs to feed his family by any means necessary.
Even though I do not agree with them it is not my place to judge Trumps politics. I’m sure many Americans agree with him and candidates in the past have run for office sharing the same views. He just didn’t have to word his agenda so cruelly and offensively. Even Luthor didn’t do that and in that respect Lex Luthor seems to have a better excuse for his misplaced morals.
The concept of Trump having a smaller conscience towards the less fortunate than a comic book super villain is truly frightening. Lets hope the American voting public finds their inner hero so that they can save the day.
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