(The Federalist) -- Donald Trump claimed to be Batman while giving impressionable children helicopter rides at the Iowa State Fair. Now, Trump has made some pretty unbelievable claims in his time, and said some truly odious things, but this just about takes the cake. It’s entirely natural and fun to compare powerful people to superheroes, but there are a few rules that any nerd could tell you should be inviolate.
First and foremost: Nobody gets to be Batman.
Let’s put this to bed right now. Nobody is cool enough to be Batman (maybe some Special Forces guys, maybe). And comparing yourself to Batman? That only compounds the offense. Suffice it to say, Trump was not only wrong, but insulted everything that Batman stands for. Truly, he has an ego the size of Galactus.
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It did get me thinking about who his superhero analogue would really be, though. There are so many better comparisons, including Ben Domenech’s take on him as the Sun Eater (obscure, although perhaps the most apt). Then, I thought, why limit this to Trump? The exercise should carry over to the entire field of GOP candidates.