The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Their name accurately depicts what they are–pizza-eating, somewhat immature, overgrown turtles with incredible fighting abilities.
With their master Splinter, an overgrown rat with ninja skills, they fight the Shredder and his Foot Clam as they terrorize New York as a dangerous criminal syndicate.
In the first ninja turtles movie, the Shredder appears in a dark and dimly lit warehouse, surrounded by the members of the Foot. He calls out to them:
Money cannot buy the honor which you have earned tonight. You make us all proud. Only effort, discipline, loyalty will earn you the right to wear [our symbol]. You are here because the outside world rejects you. This is your family. I am your father. I want you all to become full members of The Foot. There is a new enemy…freaks of nature who interfere with our business. You are my eyes and ears. Find them. Together we will punish these creatures! These turtles!
Pride. Loyalty. The call of rejection. Family. Enemy.
Then it hit me. These are all tactics that Donald Trump has used to secure his following. Pride in America. Loyalty to him. Rejection by people not like them. A family of supporters. The media, immigrants, liberals as enemies.
It was a shocking, yet appropriate relation.
Toward the end of the movie, one of the Foot Clan members, a red-headed teenager named Danny, has a change of heart and decides to help free Splinter, who had been held captive in the Foot’s hideout.
As Splinter is freed, one of the teens blurts out: “Let’s get him! We have a loyalty to The Shredder!”
Splinter looks up at him.
“The Shredder uses you. He poisons your minds to obtain that which he desires. He cares nothing for you or the people you hurt.”
“We’re a family,” the boy says in response.
“Family? Is that what you said? You call this here and that down there family?” he asks rhetorically, pointing to the Foot Clan hangout, where the teen boys learned to fight, steal, smoke cigarettes, and gamble.
In the end, the truth was in our own society, just as Splinter had said: Donald Trump uses you. He poisons your minds to obtain that which he desires. He cares nothing for you or the people you hurt.”
“We’re a family,” the Proud Boys member says in response, as he prepares to march on Washington.