When you run for the office of President of the United States on a campaign slogan of "Make America Great Again" -- as President Elect Donald J. Trump previously did -- and you win, it only makes sense that your re-election campaign slogan would be a play on that phrase, only different. So when Trump told The Washington Post recently that his planned 2020 re-election campaign slogan would be "Keep America Great," horror fans got a legit chill down their spine because they had heard that catchphrase before:
Yep. Donald Trump's proposed re-election campaign slogan of "Keep America Great" was used on posters for 2016's The Purge: Election Year. But that's probably an honest mistake. Right? Right?! [Runs to the basement to stockpile ammunition and rations.]
James DeMonaco's The Purge: Election Year is the third in an ongoing horror anthology series that takes place in a not-so-distant future where society is allowed one day to commit any and all possible crimes, free of justice. Election Year takes place in 2040, and in a chilling twist of fate, it removes all protections from federal government employees to that Purge supporters can target a presidential candidate who wants to do away with The Purge.
According to the interview with the Washington Post, Donald Trump makes it sound like he came up with the slogan off the top of his head, saying:
Are you ready? 'Keep America Great,' exclamation point. Get me my lawyer! ... Will you trademark and register, if you would, if you like it --- I think I like it, right? Do this: 'Keep America Great,' with an exclamation point. With and without an exclamation. 'Keep America Great.'
Well, it's probably already trademarked. I'm guessing that Universal has the rights to it. Also, because in an interview with EW, James DeMonaco said he sort of had Trump in mind while writing the most recent Purge movie. He said:
Maybe, subconsciously, I knew who was in the playing field. Little things drip into you when you're writing or you're on set --- you're grabbing from the ether or what's out there in the press. I think there's a lot of representation of everyone who's in the game right now, from Donald Trump to Hillary Clinton to Bernie Sanders to John Kasich. I'd like to the audience to play with it and see who they feel is representative of the actual candidates in the real world, without me saying who's who. I think the audience will have a lot of fun saying, 'Oh, that reminds me of something Donald said!'
There you go. Life, eventually imitating art.