You’ve seen the Trump/Billy Madison meme. More than just a vehicle to point out Trump’s bombast, Billy Madison is the perfect metaphor for explaining why Donald Trump won.

Whether he knew it or not, Trump was channeling Billy Madison: the lovable screw up: the drunk-to-the-point-of-insanity rich kid. The party animal who got his ‘ish’ together at the last minute to save the day (or so his supporters hope.) The following is a list of similarities between Trump and Billy Madison.

  1. They were both born wealthy and squandered that wealth.

  2. Billy was a drunk. Trump rambles like a drunk and…sniffles during debates.

  3. Both represent idiocy stumbling toward victory for a supposedly good cause.

  4. Started as underdogs.

  5. Made fun of people with disabilities: “T-T-T-Today-I Don’t Remember!”

  6. Both succeeded by being loud and uncouth.

  7. You have to grab them by the ‘Nudie Magazine Day.’

Now we come to Billy Trump’s nemesis: Eric Clinton. Eric has worked for Billy’s father (U.S. Government) forever. He’s been a faithful, competent, well-qualified employee.

But, as Billy the truth-teller knows, “You’re going to give the company to Eric? He is a bad, bad man!”

Eric represents the establishment, the Wall Street class. The Washington class. The people never seen outside of suits. The people with perfect teeth, smiles, answers: that run our country, who we secretly think are lizards or owl worshipers or whatever metaphorspiracy you care for. They’re smart, qualified, smile on queue, but most of us Bud Light drinkers don’t trust them anymore. Here are the following similarities between Eric and HRC.

  1. Both extremely intelligent.

  2. Both worked their way up to the position they aimed at.

  3. Both perceived to desire that position for selfish ends.

  4. Both perceived as fake, disingenuous.

  5. Highly qualified.

  6. Superior performance during contests (debates.)

  7. Eric blackmails Billy’s principal. HRC is alleged to have blackmailed Sanders.

Disclaimer: this is a comparison of various public perceptions of each candidate and how well these perceptions correlate with the protagonist/antagonist in Billy Madison. This is not meant as an endorsement of either candidate nor does it purport to legitimize any of the aforementioned ‘accusations.’ All politics is theater as far as I’m concerned. I’m just a theater critic.

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