As I have been forced to come to grips with the fact that Donald Trump is about to become the 45th President of the United States (seriously, forget how awful a person he is – he is also devoid of any intellectual curiosity and offensively simple minded), I have noticed something troublesome, even by the new Trump-related definition of troublesome. Absorbing daily reminders of his intellectual, social and moral failings, I have discovered that the President-Elect bears more than a passing character resemblance to one of the most famous small time roles in any movie from my lifetime: Ellis from Die Hard.
For a recap (or an introduction to the cinema ignorant), Ellis is a co-worker of John McClain’s wife and basically the prototypical finance douche bro of the 1980s. When he enters the film he is finishing off a line of coke and shortly thereafter insisting that McClain’s wife show off the Rolex that he and/or the company gave her as a bonus. The way he says Rolex and looks at our protagonist is basically saying “I banged your wife or am going to soon because I can get her a Rolex.” Once I made the Trump-Ellis connection I felt like I needed to investigate more about Ellis, one of the most despicable characters of the 1980s. So here is what I found, through the words of Ellis:
“Hey babe, I negotiate million dollar deals for breakfast. I think I can handle this Eurotrash.”
Ellis says this when he decides to negotiate with Hans Gruber (is it a coincidence that Alan Rickman dies in the film he shares with Ellis and then dies the year Trump, Ellis’moral doppelganger, wins the White House?). A confident negotiator? Check. Disrespect for Europe? Check.
“It’s a Rolex.”
The line, mentioned above, is basically Ellis’version of “She was married, but I went after her like a bitch” to Billy Bush. Except, at least Ellis confronts McClain semi face to face, even if it is only through scummy eyebrow raises.
“Well, I’ve watched 60 Minutes, and I’m saying to myself, they’re motivated, they’re happening, I.E. they want something. Maybe it’s because you’re pissed off or maybe it’s the camel jockeys, the hebes; northern Ireland; it’s none of my business.”
This line is incredibly Trump. Instead of 60 Minutes Trump claimed “Watching the Morning Shows” was his foreign policy expertise. He said to a room full of Jewish people “You all love to negotiate” and I think “Camel Jockeys” cannot be too far from what Trump has said of the people of the Middle East in his efforts to ban all Muslims from the United States.
“Hey, business is business. You use a gun, I use a fountain pen what’s the difference? Let’s put it in my terms: you’re in a hostile takeover, you snatch us up for some green mail, but you’re not expecting some poison pill to be running around the building, am I right? Hans, *bubby*, I’m your white knight.”
This line is the sum of Trump’s appeal. The first part is the claim that his experience in business basically makes him fit for anything that ever requires negotiating. The second part about being a white knight – this was Trump’s literal message to the Alt-Reich (term I heard from comedian Jena Friedman at a show)
“I told ’em we were old friends and you were my guest at the party.”
This is the lie Ellis tells Hans Gruber to get him to take him seriously. The truth is he had never met McClain until that night. Sort of a reverse of Trump claiming to not know Putin, when he really did. The only difference is Ellis’ lie gets him killed. Trump’s lies will likely lead to a lot more deaths during his presidency.
So basically Ellis and Trump are the same – scumbags obsessed with material goods and themselves and willing to lie to make themselves seem better. There are only two differences. Ellis was high on coke and at least trying to free his co-workers from a terrorist. Trump is sober and trying to enrich his portfolio and ego at the expense of the American people. Who knew in 1988 that Ellis was the hero we would need in 2016. #RIPEllis
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