Watch: Trump's Lies Get the 'Arrested Development' Treatment - and It Is Perfection
After the second 2016 presidential debate, it became apparent that there are Americans who both hate Donald Trump and love "Arrested Development." Many asked, rhetorically, if the debate could have been improved had the TV show's signature narrator played by Ron Howard been the moderator. And now we have our answer: Yes, it would have been so much better.
For those unfamiliar, "Arrested Development" is the story about the downfall of a formerly wealthy dysfunctional family, most of them narcissists and/or well-meaning schlemiels, with voiceover narrations by Howard, who humorously points out the irony when a character is lying or just clueless.
Fans asked, and YouTuber NeverCaesar delivered: "Trump-rested Development." Mitchell Hurwitz, creator of "Arrested Development," exclaimed his gratitude to NeverCaesar for making the video by sharing it on Twitter.
Based on Trump's words and actions this campaign season, it seems fair to say Trump's development is arrested, so it's fitting to group him with the Bluth family and let the "Arrested Development" narrator go to town. After all, Trump leaves fact checkers overwhelmed every time he opens his mouth—they could use the break!
"Trump-rested Development" applies to Trump's debate performance the fact-checking techniques from the original show's mockumentary format. For instance, it cuts Trump's beliefs that he was right to have spread birtherism ("It's true," says Trump. "But it wasn't," retorts the narrator). Flashback video evidence disputes Trump's denial that he once said pregnancy is an "inconvenience" in the workplace ("I never said that," said Trump when Clinton confronts him; old footage spliced in shows Trump saying just that). And you can be sure the fourth wall was broken to show the fake-documentary makers' struggle ("I've developed very, very good relationships... with the African-American community," Trump says—and a blank screen with the words "footage not found" says otherwise).
This is just one of many viral videos making light of the debates (see the very serious "Time of My Life" serenade expertly dubbed over Trump and Clinton, or the "Curb Your Enthusiasm" spinoff moment so big it's incorrectly labeled on YouTube as "Seinfeld"). And undoubtedly, there will be more.