In 1962, United Artists released the film “The Manchurian Candidate”, a political thriller that played to the Cold War stereotypes of the time by depicting a right-wing presidential candidate getting brainwashed by communists before his candidacy. The term has since evolved into common day political usage to refer to a candidate who deliberately sabotages their party’s image due to them secretly supporting the opposing party.
Taking this into account, famed British-Indian writer Sir Salman Rushdie proposed on the HBO show “Real Time with Bill Maher” a theory he had heard that Republican campaigner Donald Trump is in fact a manchurian candidate, planted by the Democrats to split apart the Republican Party.
While Maher dismissed the theory as nonsensical, and we at YPV don’t support conspiracy theories, it is worth noting that Trump was in fact registered as a Democrat throughout the entire Bush years (2001-2009) and that former president Bill Clinton actually encouraged him to run for president.
This isn’t the first time such an idea has sprouted up. In the wake of Clint Eastwood’s (in)famous empty chair skit at the 2012 Republican National Convention, many liberals proposed that Eastwood had done this on behalf of the Democratic Party. Eastwood would later admit the whole thing was a mistake.
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