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Donald Trump Lansing Rally Video Guides ‘1984’ Comparisons

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A video edit played at Donald Trump‘s rally in Lansing, Michigan has prompted a raft of memes as well as comparisons to George Orwell’s dystopian novel 1984.

As supporters waited for the president to arrive at Tuesday’s event outside the Capitol Region International Airport, a guitarist performed the national anthem before the campaign video was played on two big screens.

People quickly took to social media to mock the short film, with many comparing it to Orwell’s 1984 while others described it as “brainwashing” and “propaganda.”

The video included several clips of Trump, beginning with an imposing close up of his face, overlaid with loud music.

U.S. President Donald Trump addresses supporters during a campaign rally at Capital Region International Airport October 27, 2020 in Lansing, Michigan. A video played at the event has been compared to “1984” and Nazi propaganda.
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Trump also complained that several media outlets did not cover his introduction of Amy Coney Barrett when she was sworn in as a Supreme Court Justice on Monday.

He said: “We made history and we confirmed Amy Coney Barrett to the United States Supreme Court, and Justice Barrett will defend our rights, will defend our liberties and our God given freedom. She’s going to be fantastic and she’s a terrific person.”

Newsweek has contacted the Trump campaign and Linkin Park’s representatives for comment.

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