Trying to make sense of the presidential election? Need another reason to Netflix? Look no further for the best of both worlds. Netflix provides a plethora of characters who are essentially presidential candidates in an alternate universe.
Story by Zoya Zia
Bernie Sanders: Big Bird, “Sesame Street”
Serious Sanders, Silly Sanders. So far, we’ve seen it all. If he were elected, he would be the oldest president in American history. At the Democratic presidential debate, his answers reflected true wisdom. Just a few days later, he showcased some dance moves on “The Ellen Show.” His kindred soul matches that of someone from "Sesame Street." Not Bert, or Ernie, but Big Bird. Just look at all the similarities: Big Bird and Bernie both have names that start with the letter B, successfully display austerity and know how to capture an audience. Though both characters have spent decades in the limelight, it seems that only one of them has aged gracefully.
Donald Trump: Georgina Sparks, “Gossip Girl”
There are characters who exist only to cause trouble and ruin lives. Donald Trump is one of them. He is up to no good, with his constant displays of sexism and racism. He loves acting superior to everyone, just like Georgina Sparks, an antagonist in “Gossip Girl.” Sparks schemes for revenge against Queen B and tricks others into trusting her, much like Trumps’ empty promises to make 'Murica great again. Above all, Trump and Sparks both do that really annoying thing where they act innocent even though everyone knows they have inherently evil souls.
Hillary Clinton: A, “Pretty Little Liars”
Life is all over the place, we can all understand. But Hillary Clinton’s track record is almost too unpredictable. Through the years, she has opposed and supported same-sex marriage, gun control and the Iraq war. Her indecisiveness makes her “A” bit Ambiguous. The mysterious “A” in “Pretty Little Liars” also embodies multiple interests. Plotline over plotline has fed an endless search for the truth. Most notably, Hillary mimicked A’s sneaky messaging with her emails. Maybe someday soon, we will know where Clinton really stands on pressing social issues and who/what/when/where/why A is. Until then, Hillary should sign off all correspondence with and elusive, “HillAry.”
Carly Fiorina: Tammy Larson, “Bob’s Burgers”
Carly Fiorina is a CEO-turned-politician sending some hard mixed signals. On one hand, she argues that “this nation will be better off when every woman has the opportunity to live the life she chooses.” And yet, Fiorina is adamantly pro-life and believes that systems already exist to address gender disparity. Mixed signals like these are Tammy Larson’s specialty on “Bob’s Burgers.” As a b-plot character at best, Tammy befriends protagonist Tina Belcher, and at first, Tina is happy. However, Tammy blackmails Tina and takes advantage of her. Fiorina and Tammy both appear nice, but only time will tell whether they will be positive or negative influences for women, Tina included.
Dr. Ben Carson: Dr. Ben Harmon, “American Horror Story”
Neurosurgeon-turned-politician, Ben Carson is a successful figure. However, his success comes into question any time he opens up his mouth. Carson’s outlandish, offensive comments about Muslims and gay people even make him the perfect target for “The New Yorker” satire column “The Borowitz Report." Writer Andy Borowitz claims Carson also managed to offend the dead of the Pompeii Vesuvius eruption of 79 A.D, saying, “You can’t tell me that if eleven thousand people put their minds to it they couldn’t beat one volcano.” Oh man, fake Dr. Carson. Fake and real Dr. Carson alike, his disarrayed statements are similar to those of Dr. Ben Harmon’s demise in “American Horror Story.” After moving to LA from Boston, Harmon slowly loses sight over what was right and wrong, what was real and fake, much like Carson and his uneducated criticism of thousands of people. Stepping into a new world, Carson is in over his head, just like Harmon.
Martin O’Malley: Chris Traeger, “Parks and Recreation”
Martin O’Malley has been around for a while. He worked his way up, serving as a Baltimore City Councilor, the Mayor of Baltimore, and the Governor of Maryland. Although polls have him near zero percent, he remains optimistic, much like Chris Traeger, a pal over at “Parks and Recreation.” In the face of stress, a self-motivating Traeger lifts himself up and reminds himself not to succumb to sadness. These positivity techniques will come in handy as O’Malley tries to O’rally up some votes.