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Trump 2020 Campaign Slogan Already Used By Horror Film

| by Michael Doherty

President-elect Donald Trump said in an interview that his 2020 campaign slogan would be "Keep America Great," but the tagline was reportedly already used by a dystopian horror movie.

Trump told an interviewer for The Washington Post that he had already come up with an idea for his campaign slogan for his 2020 re-election campaign.

"Are you ready?" said the president-elect, according to AOL. "Keep America Great, exclamation point."

Trump then reportedly called a lawyer to copyright the slogan, and The Washington Post reports that one of Trump's legal advisers arrived minutes later.

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"Will you trademark and register, if you would, if you like it -- I think I like it, right? Do this: 'Keep America Great,' with an exclamation point. With and without an exclamation. 'Keep America Great,'" Trump told the lawyer.

The president-elect did not appear to realize the slogan had already been used by horror movie "The Purge: Election Year." It was the 2016 movie in "The Purge" franchise, which tells the story of a future America where all crime, including murder, is legal for 12 hours once a year.

Trump's campaign during the 2016 presidential election drew comparisons to "The Purge," The Verge reports, in part because of violence at his campaign rallies, as well as suggesting the "Second Amendment" could stop his opponent, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, from appointing a liberal Supreme Court Justice. Trump later said that his statement was simply encouraging voters to vote in favor of gun rights, according to The New York Times.

"There can be no other interpretation," said Trump of the comments. "I mean, give me a break."

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In April 2016, "The Purge" writer James DeMonaco discussed similarities between his film and the presidential election in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, saying the parallels were not accidental, adding that the "Keep America Great" tagline for the movie was based on Trump's "Make America Great Again" campaign slogan.

"Little things drip into you when you're writing or you're on set -- you're grabbing from the ether or what's out there in the press," said DeMonaco. "I think there's a lot of representation of everyone who's in the game right now, from Donald Trump to Hillary Clinton to [Vermont Sen.] Bernie Sanders to [Ohio Gov.] John Kasich."

Sources: The Washington Post, Entertainment Weekly, The Verge, The New York Times, AOL / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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