Donald Trump on Friday became the 45th US President. In his inaugural speech, he vowed to obliterate “radical Islamic terrorism” from the face of the earth and made a campaign-like speech in which he promised to restore jobs to Americans and protect borders, a veiled reference to pursuing a tough immigration policy.
“We will reinforce old alliances and form new ones and unite the civilized world against radical Islamic terrorism, which we will eradicate from the face of the Earth,” Trump said in his inaugural address moments after he was sworn in as the 45th president of the US, succeeding Barack Obama.
Parts of his speech, however, appeared to have been directly lifted from at least two Hollywood movies as certain lines bore uncanny resemblance with that of characters from Avatar and Batman.
This is what Trump said in his speech, “And whether a child is born in the urban sprawl of Detroit or the windswept plains of Nebraska, they look up at the same night sky, they fill their heart with the same dreams, and they are infused with the breath of life by the same almighty Creator.”
It seems Trump drew inspiration from Hollywood blockbuster Avatar, where the identical lines were delivered by Colonel Miles Quaritch in 2009.
“And whether a (human) child is born on Earth or in the space colonies or the minswept planet of Kabuska, they look up at the same stars, they fill their lives with the same dreams, and they are infused with the breath of conquest by the same almighty Creator.”
— Le Gorafi (@le_gorafi) January 20, 2017
Trump laid a lot of emphasis on devolution of power by repeatedly using lines such as ‘giving it back to you, the people.’ In fact, that was one of the very first lines of his inauguration speech, which prompted many to accused him of still being in the election mode.
However, some felt that the line was actually borrowed from another Hollywood hit film, Batman (watch below).
— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) January 20, 2017
Trump family and his aides have faced charges of plagiarism even in the past.
His wife, Melania Trump, was accused of stealing lines from Michelle Obama’s speech during the Republican national convention in 2016.
Addressing the Democratic Convention in 2008, Michelle Obama had said, “Barack and I were raised with so many of the same values, that you work hard for what you want in life, that your word is your bond and you do what you say you’re going to do.”
Eight years later, while addressing the Republic Convention, Melenia Trump said this, “From a young age, my parents impressed on me the values that you work hard for what you want in life, that your word is your bond and you do what you say and keep your promise.”
Then on 11 January, CNN reported how popular Conservative commentator Monica Crowley, who was orginally slated to serve in a top national security communications role in Donald Trump’s presidential administration, had plagiarised thousands of words of her 2000 dissertation for her Columbia University Ph.D.
She was forced to bow out from her prospective senior role in the new administration after the controversy gained momentum.
Trump had also faced embarrassment for using the photo from Obama’s inaugural ceremony as the background image of his new @POTUS twitter account.