Harrison Adorably Clarifies “Air Force One” To Donald Trump

The New York Times ran a story last week about the phenomenon of voters looking toward movie and television portrayals of American presidents for examples of real leadership. Which – fine. It’s inherently not a realistic standard to set (presidents in movies always win against terrorism not because of their leadership but because their victory is scripted by a screenwriter), but fine, movies and television can be comforting in uncertain times.

The kicker of the article, though, was about Donald Trump and how perfectly theatrical his sound bytes tend to seem. Then, there was a note about Trump’s own fascination with on-screen presidents:

“Mr. Trump, like many Republicans, said Reagan – a movie star who knew the persuasive power of performance – was an inspiration in how he projected toughness. He said he, too, liked movies with heroic presidents. He suggested that many Americans love movies and swagger more than politics and restraint.

‘My favorite was Harrison Ford on the plane,’ Mr. Trump said of ‘Air Force One.’ ‘I love Harrison Ford – and not just because he rents my properties. He stood up for America.’

Mr. Ford, a lifelong Democrat, declined to comment.”

Until now. Harrison Ford, my imagination-spouse, has responded to Trump’s delusional use of a fictional character as an actual role model for the presidency of the United States of America while doing press for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

“Donald, it was a movie,” he told an interviewer. “It’s not like this in real life. But – how would you know?”

[New York Times]
[BBC]

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