With a new "Star Wars" movie on the way and a presidential election moving forward, it seems appropriate to draw some lines between the two. The creators of "Sith Apprentice" may have realized in 2005 what I have now realized: Donald Trump and Emperor Palpatine/Darth Sidious are pretty similar. Why? They both use fear to rally support, and spew often hateful, bombastic rhetoric.
Donald Trump has called Mexican immigrants rapists or murderers, and pushed his xenophobic position further with his recent comments on how he thinks Muslims should be banned from entering the United States.
1. Here's how they describe the military
"And as my first act with this new authority, I will create a grand army of the Republic to counter the increasing threats of the Separatists," Palpatine said in Episode II.
“There’s nobody bigger or better at the military than I am,” Trump exclaimed in June, in an interview with Bill O'Reilly.
2. And some thoughts about leadership
"It is with great reluctance that I have agreed to this calling," Palpatine said in Episode II. "I love democracy. I love the Republic. Once this crisis has abated, I will lay down the powers you have given me!"
"I love this country and I want to make it great again," Trump said in August. "And its not gonna be great if we keep going the way we’re going, we’re going to be third world, we probably already are."
3. And they encourage anger in their supporters
"Good! Use your aggressive feelings, boy," Palpatine said in Episode VI. "Let the hate flow through you!"
"Maybe he should have been roughed up ... It was disgusting what he was doing,” Trump said after some of his supporters beat up a Black Lives Matter activist, who was protesting his speech recently.