President Thomas Whitmore’s climactic address in Independence Day is one of the most famous movie speeches in history. It’s also deeply jingoistic, so it’s not hard to imagine why some MAGA-head decided to devote their time to editing the iconic scene to superimpose Donald Trump’s face on Whitmore actor Bill Pullman’s body and populate the crowd of onlookers with the likes of Ted Cruz, Mike Pence, Sean Hannity, and Tucker Carlson. On Saturday, President Trump decided to share the resulting horror show on Twitter—and Pullman doesn’t seem to be a fan.
“My voice belongs to no one but me, and I’m not running for president—this year,” Pullman told the Hollywood Reporter in response to the Trump video.
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In the movie, President Whitmore gives the speech before the final battle against earth’s alien foes. “We can’t be consumed by our petty differences anymore. We will be united in our common interests. Perhaps it’s fate that today is the Fourth of July, and you will once again be fighting for our freedom,” said Pullman in the film. “Not from tyranny, oppression, or persecution, but from annihilation. We are fighting for our right to live. To exist.”
Trump doesn’t seem to see the irony in much, but the fact that the guy who refused to take the steps necessary to protect against preventable American deaths, called concerns about the coronavirus pandemic a “hoax,” and urged premature reopening efforts that endanger countless lives sees himself on the side of those fighting for their right to exist is truly rich.
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