Katrina vanden Heuvel: Trump Is Like Lonesome Rhodes

February 28th, 2016 7:09 PM

Perhaps Katrina vanden Heuvel, publisher of the far left The Nation, had the Oscar ceremonies tonight on her mind when she appeared this morning on ABC's This Week. She compared Donald Trump to Andy Griffith's character of Lonesome Rhodes in the movie "A Face In The Crowd" and even cited the fictitious scene which she thinks/hopes translates into real life when Lonesome mocked the television audience when he thought his mike was turned off. First let us watch vanden Heuvel described the scene she so desperately wants to happen at the 7:50 mark followed by the actual scene where poor Lonesome is sabotaged by Marcia Jeffries (Patricia Neal):


I think when Donald Trump turns on or abuses ordinary people who support him you could have a moment a little bit like that Elia Kazan, you're going to the Oscars, Elia Kazan film "A Face In The Crowd" where Lonesome Rhodes, this beloved huckster, has an open hot mike and starts degrading those very people who believe in Donald Trump.

And here is the Lonesome Rhodes scene that vanden Heuvel so very desperately hopes become a reality:

While we're on the topic of movie characters and presidential candidates, which fictititious film person does Hillary Clinton bring to mind? You really don't have to think very hard since the obvious choice is the overly manipulative Tracy Flick from Election:

As for Bernie Sanders, if he does not significantly improve his chances on Super Tuesday, he could be politically dead even though his supporters might continue to pretend he still has a chance against Tracy Flick/Hillary Clinton. Therefore his obvious movie character would be Bernie in Weekend At Bernie's.