American History X: 20 Years Later it Looks Like a Prophecy

The rhetoric of the 1998 film’s neo-Nazis is today chillingly echoed by Donald Trump.

“We need to open our eyes,” the leader declared to his rapt far-right audience. “There are over two million illegal immigrants bedding down in this state tonight! This state spent $3bn last year on services for those people who have no right to be here in the first place. Three billion dollars!” He continued: “Our border policy’s a joke! So is anybody surprised that south of the border, they’re laughing at us? Laughing at our laws?”

These are not the words, as one might assume, of Donald Trump but of Derek Vinyard, the neo-Nazi protagonist of the film American History X.  

Trump’s language is indistinguishable from that of Vinyard (played by Edward Norton) — and in some cases still more demagogic. “When do we beat Mexico at the border? They’re laughing at us, at our stupidity,” Trump declared when he launched his campaign in 2015. “They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists,” he later remarked of Mexican immigrants. “Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” Trump asked US senators during a 2018 meeting on immigration.


Article submitted by, Great Gazoo.