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Watch the Bizarre Propaganda-Style Video Trump Played During His Michigan Rally — It Will Terrify You

Remember back after Donald Trump won in 2016, we cried, and then we said to ourselves that he probably wouldn’t be THAT BAD? That he would be controlled somewhat, checks and balances and all that civic fun stuff?

Well, take a look at this and tell me it doesn’t look like 1930’s Nazi propaganda.

A campaign video played at Trump’s rally in Lansing, Michigan has prompted a raft of memes as well as comparisons to George Orwell’s dystopian novel 1984 because it is just flat-out CREEPY.

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.

In a voiceover, the president can be heard saying: “What really matters is not which party controls our government but whether our government is controlled by the people.”

As Trump speaks, clips of figures like Nancy Pelosi and Joe Biden are intercut with shots of factories, naval ships and air force jets as well as a shot of soldiers carrying a coffin and one of the EU Parliament Chamber.

Trump says: “For too long, a small group in our nation’s capital have reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost. The establishment protected itself but not the citizens of our country. That all changes right here, right now.”

Linkin Park’s song In the End is also cut over the clips despite the band saying it had issued a cease and desist order to Trump in June over his use of the song in a video on Twitter.

In July, the band tweeted: “Linkin Park did not and does not endorse Trump, nor authorize his organization to use any of our music. A cease and desist has been issued.”

Twitter users commented with comparisons to 1984, Nazi propaganda and The Hunger Games, with someone even joking that it “looks like a Galactic Empire recruiting video” next to a Star Wars stormtrooper meme.

Take a look:

And take a look at this, straight out of the propagandist’s playbook:

Now the reactions:

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