President Donald Trump is obsessed with describing human trafficking at the U.S.-Mexico border in very graphic terms. He’s often described the “threat” of people coming from Mexico by talking about women with tape over their mouths. President Trump has even talked about the tape at least 22 times over the span of 10 days. But is it possible that President Trump is getting reality confused with a fictional movie? Namely, Sicario: Day of Soldado? It’s certainly possible.
Everyone from CNN to Stephen Colbert to Rachel Maddow have made the comparison by now, as people point out that many of President Trump’s false claims about the border are plot points in the movie. From the prayer rugs found at the border to, yes, the tape over the mouths of women, the similarities are there. And while we know that President Trump loves to watch TV, his movie viewing habits while in the White House are more of a mystery.
Unfortunately, it’s not clear if President Trump has seen the Sicario sequel starring Josh Brolin and Benicio Del Toro. And White House records are exempt from the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) until years after a president leaves office. And even then most movie screenings at the White House are protected under privacy laws for decades. I’m still waiting to request President Obama’s movie viewing records, for example. So we’ll probably have to wait and see.
One movie that we know the president has screened at the White House? Pixar’s Finding Dory, oddly enough. But we don’t know whether he sat through the entire thing.