Twitter’s having a blast comparing Donald Trump to Fredo Corleone, the most dim-witted member of Godfather family
“I’m smart! Not like everybody says, like dumb. I’m smart and I want respect!” screams Fredo Corleone in The Godfather Part II. Several people spotted the similarities between this and Donald Trump’s tweets insisting he’s a ‘stable genius’.Updated: Jan 07, 2018 09:29 IST
Donald Trump’s assertion that he’s a ‘stable genius’ prompted people on Twitter to compare his rant to a scene in The Godfather in which Fredo Corleone — by consensus the meekest, most dim-witted member of the Corleone crime family — insists that he’s ‘smart’ and ‘intelligent’.
Trump’s tweets came after Michael Wolff’s tell-all book, Fire and Fury, about the current presidency, raised questions about Trump’s mental health. The book implies that the president neither knows nor cares about policies.
“Actually, throughout my life, my two greatest assets have been mental stability and being, like, really smart,” Trump tweeted on Saturday. “I went from VERY successful businessman, to top TV Star ... to President of the United States (on my first try). I think that would qualify as not smart, but genius ... and a very stable genius at that!”
....Actually, throughout my life, my two greatest assets have been mental stability and being, like, really smart. Crooked Hillary Clinton also played these cards very hard and, as everyone knows, went down in flames. I went from VERY successful businessman, to top T.V. Star.....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 6, 2018
....to President of the United States (on my first try). I think that would qualify as not smart, but genius....and a very stable genius at that!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 6, 2018
David Frum wrote an article in The Atlantic titled ‘Donald Trump Goes Full Fredo,’ in which he pointed out the similarities between Trump’s tweets and one scene in The Godfather Part II in which Fredo Corleone (played by the late John Cazale) screams at his brother Michael, the new don, “I’m smart! Not like everybody says, like dumb. I’m smart and I want respect!”
Soon, #FredoCorleone began trending on Twitter, with fans of the film coming out in defence of Fredo. Several people pointed out that Fredo, despite being shut out of the Corleone family’s business because of his ineptitude, was a far more competent individual than the president.
Here are some of the best tweets:
Trump made the least convincing declaration of intelligence since Fredo Corleone in ‘The Godfather II’. pic.twitter.com/KZkQbYVp6I— Melanism (@Melanism) January 6, 2018
Donald Trump’s day so far:— Palmer Report (@PalmerReport) January 6, 2018
- Says he’s "like, really smart"
- Says he’s a "stable genius"
- Everyone is laughing at him
- #StableGenius is trending
- Fredo Corleone is trending
- Trump needs a straitjacket
- Mueller targeting Ivanka
- SEC targeting Kushner
- It’s still only noon
Stop comparing Trump to Fredo Corleone! Fredo was way better at running casinos— Stephen Silver (@StephenSilver) January 6, 2018
The difference between Trump & Fredo: the Corleone family had the sense to bar Fredo from power https://t.co/511stVhEFL— David Frum (@davidfrum) January 6, 2018
Comparing Trump to Fredo does a disservice to fredo. He's more of Little Carmine— nuanced opinion guy (@charles_kinbote) January 7, 2018
Comparing Trump to Fredo seems unfair since Fredo didn’t bankrupt his casino.— Alan Spencer (@MrAlanSpencer) January 6, 2018
Please don't compare Trump to Fredo until someone shoots him in a boat.— John Lurie (@lurie_john) January 6, 2018
You can watch Fredo’s outburst here:
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First Published: Jan 07, 2018 09:28 IST