In case anyone still doubted the prescience of The Handmaid’s Tale, this anecdote should clear things up.
At a Television Critics Association panel on Jan 14., show creator Bruce Miller revealed that the writers foresaw Trump’s MAGA campaign slogan before it became seared into our unwilling brains during the 2016 presidential campaign.
When asked about whether or not the show ever had to do rewrites because of the events in the news, Miller said: “We had a few things in Season 1. We said ‘Make America Great Again’ in a scene long before the primaries even started. So we had to change that line.”
It’s a bittersweet irony that a show about America reverting to an oppressive totalitarian regime nailed our current president’s xenophobic language. Ever since Trump first started popularizing the phrase in 2016, critics pointed out that it plays on people’s nostalgia for the good ol’ days — when women knew their place was in the kitchen, barefoot and pregnant.
Miller went on to say that, in the upcoming Season 2, “we’ve already had things where we thought about them, shot them, then put them in episodes — only to see the exact same images [in the news] on the television.”
And yet, some still argue that Gilead is too “unrealistic” of a sci-fi premise to speak to our present-day reality in any significant way.
Now granted, The Handmaid’s Tale didn’t invent the president’s slogan. In Business Insider, Trump claims he first thought of it all the way back in 2012, when Republican candidate Mitt Romney lost to Barack Obama.
He explained the very stable genius that led him to conceive of it as such:
“I said, ‘We’ll make America great.’ And I had started off ‘We Will Make America Great.’ That was my first idea, but I didn’t like it. And then all of a sudden it was going to be ‘Make America Great.’ But that didn’t work because that was a slight to America because that means it was never great before. And it has been great before… So I said, ‘Make America Great Again.’ I said, ‘That is so good.'”
But, as with most things Trump says, this account contradicts the fact that his always colorful political adviser, Roger Stone, tweeted the following in Sept. 2011: “Make America Great Again —TRUMP HUCKABEE 2012 #nomormons.”
But even that wasn’t the first time the phrase appeared in politics. During the 1980 campaign against Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan made “Let’s Make America Great Again” his slogan.
So there you have it, folks: Life imitates art — and we’re all pretty much doomed. Blessed be the Crooked Hillary.