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This comparison between the Trumps and the Bluths from ‘Arrested Development’ is astoundingly good.
One of the more reliable joke constructions on the internet that’s been used to fight President Trump is the “NARRATOR VOICE.”
It stems from Ron Howard’s use of it on Arrested Development, wherein a character on the show would make a bold, ridiculous claim with absolute certitude. Howard would then chime in to inform you in the third-person omniscient they were lying or bluffing.
So now, when Trump says something blustery, Twitter users are reminding you not to worry, that it isn’t true.
But that is actually one of the smaller parallels our current president has with the screwball comedy. A writer at Politico noticed that Trump and the Trump family were the exact same as the Bluths.
These comparisons are absolutely uncanny.
1. That time a novice chief executive made a foolhardy promise, his erstwhile allies rushed to get it done—and it all fell apart in the end.— Dan Diamond (@ddiamond) March 24, 2017
2. Of course, I’m talking about ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT’s classic episode, “The One Where They Build a House.” pic.twitter.com/UdWOL7jtvM— Dan Diamond (@ddiamond) March 24, 2017
3. To recap episode— Dan Diamond (@ddiamond) March 24, 2017
· GOB vows to build house, fast
· GOB doesn’t have a plan
· They instead make a *fake* house
· It falls apart—literally
4. Still — for a moment — it looked like they actually could pull it off. pic.twitter.com/j13oRbWwlE— Dan Diamond (@ddiamond) March 24, 2017
5. Until it literally collapsed — and everyone saw that while it looked like a house on the outside, it was actually a cynical, empty shell. pic.twitter.com/X5dQrCFUF2— Dan Diamond (@ddiamond) March 24, 2017
6. Nobody knew that building a house could be so complicated. Especially GOB. pic.twitter.com/gBzm9YVLEs— Dan Diamond (@ddiamond) March 24, 2017
7. The relationship between blustery GOB and wonky Michael reminds me of a power dynamic in D.C., but I can't put my finger on who. pic.twitter.com/RmauSU7nB3— Dan Diamond (@ddiamond) March 24, 2017
8. Of course, the failed house-build was just one in a series of screw-ups that came to define the Bluth family. pic.twitter.com/asroIyhpQo— Dan Diamond (@ddiamond) March 24, 2017
9. Not to spoil the show, but it turned out the Bluths had bigger problems than failed construction projects. pic.twitter.com/Wddwsc61Dv— Dan Diamond (@ddiamond) March 24, 2017
10. To be clear — I’m just talking about ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT. The story of a wealthy family who … wasn’t actually that wealthy. pic.twitter.com/CJvm4SIUmu— Dan Diamond (@ddiamond) March 24, 2017
11. The story of a family with a few unsuccessful product lines. pic.twitter.com/9KUnADsRwj— Dan Diamond (@ddiamond) March 24, 2017
12. Sure — maybe they couldn't always close the deal. pic.twitter.com/hRKb1NeFI1— Dan Diamond (@ddiamond) March 24, 2017
13. And they didn't know how to apologize. pic.twitter.com/8piSm2E13l— Dan Diamond (@ddiamond) March 24, 2017
14. But despite the dysfunction, everyone agreed: It all turned out well in the end. pic.twitter.com/f0YjZYstdZ— Dan Diamond (@ddiamond) March 24, 2017
That… is damn near perfect.
David Covucci is the Layer 8 editor at the Daily Dot, covering the intersection of politics and the web. His work has appeared in Vice, the Huffington Post, Jezebel, Gothamist, and other publications. He is particularly interested in hearing any tips you have. Reach out at [email protected]