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One Nation Under Trump review

2016
Directed By: Jim Gufferson
Starring: Donald Trump, Jeb Bush Ted Cruz and Jimmy Fallon




ONE NATION UNDER TRUMP claims to be a “balanced examination” of the Donald’s bid for our highest office but as you’ve probably guessed it’s a superlative-laden puff piece. ONUT or O-NUT (as I like to call it) presents itself as a documentary but it's really just designed to prop up a candidate to those who already support him. The film is redundant in its message and execution and thereby adds nothing to our national conversation.

At one point the narrator actually says "anything less than extraordinary simply wasn't in his DNA" when covering his book CRIPPLED AMERICA. I was fully prepared for a biased look at the candidate but I had no idea this film would be nothing more than the musings of a sycophant. 

O-NUT : Trump :: Flavor Flav : Chuck D.

My apologies to Falv and Chuck D for bringing them into this mess but I've never seen a film act as a hype man and present itself as balanced. It would be as if Flav claimed to support all rappers and went about his normal routine of espousing the greatness of Chuck. It might not be the strongest metaphor in the world but I think you catch my drift.



I went into this film with the desire to learn something new and perhaps understand the feverish support Trump has from my fellow citizens. This isn't just the "lesser of two evils" that we see in most election cycles, Trump's supporters have a genuine affection for him. ONUT missed an opportunity to explore something far more interesting than the political aspirations of a former reality show host, it could have focused on the men and woman who support him and helped to bridge the ever-widening empathy gap we have in this country.

We are in a time when we point our fingers at one another and start fights on social media. We assume if someone disagrees with our political opinions they somehow mean to do us harm. We no longer listen, we just wait for our turn to talk. We are in a time where two of the most unpopular political figures in history have made their way to our ballot boxes. We are in strange new times that do need balanced examination. We have more than enough hyperbolic propaganda coming at us from both sides.

If you don't believe me or want to find out for yourself please watch the film and let me know your thoughts.

Here it is in its entirety.




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