It may seem silly to compare the President of the United States to a fictional villain, but given Donald Trump’s unconventional rise to the highest office in the land, why not? Both Trump and Voldemort are thirsty for power, xenophobic, and have been likened to Hitler. So in the battle of the power-hungry villains, Donald Trump’s words and actions surely make him victorious.
1. “It’s very hard for them to attack me on looks, because I am so good looking” – Donald Trump, August 2015
Believe it or not, Trump’s hair grows out of his scalp; but he takes hair-growth pills! And who knows what he does to maintain that orange hue. You see, like Narcissus, Trump is extremely caught up in his own image. Voldemort doesn’t give two hoots if he’s pale, bald, and breathes through two slits on his face – he remains focussed on his mission of killing Harry Potter and becoming the supreme ruler. If only Trump would put his appearances aside and focus on his own mission of “Making America Great Again”.
2. “Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.” – Donald Trump, December, 2015
There are 2.1 billion Muslims in the world. That’s 2.1 billion people who Trump offended, and stigmatised with this statement. However, Voldemort’s primary fixation was on Harry Potter. Ostracising persons from other countries wasn’t even a priority for him. In fact, J. K. Rowling herself confirmed that this very statement makes Trump worse than Voldemort.
3. “…laziness is a trait in blacks. It really is; I believe that.” – John O’Donnell quoting Donald Trump, circa 1991
By the early 1990’s Trump’s formative years would have been long gone and his derogatory sentiments about black people would still be ingrained in him today. But do you know who is not racist? The Dark Lord! He didn’t care if you were black, white, or blue. Once you were a pure-blood wizard willing to spread havoc, he gave you an equal opportunity to join him.
4. Trump cannot complete a thought
If you’ve ever listened to Trump speak, you’ll have a hard time following what he’s saying. Consider this Trump quote: “Doctors are quitting. I have a friend who is a doctor, and he said to me the other day, ‘Donald, I never saw anything like it. I have more accountants than I have nurses.” Unlike Trump, Voldemort’s entire sentence would have been about doctors.
5. Trump had a privileged life
Born into wealth, Donald Trump grew up to be a narcissist and a bully. Voldemort, or rather, Tom Riddle, had a troubled past that made him grow up to hate. Trump is a bully because he enjoys it, but Voldemort is a bully because he’s been severely damaged and neglected.
6. “Dummy Bill Maher did an advertisement for the failing New York Times where the picture of him is very sad – he looks pathetic, bloated and gone!” – Donald Trump, 2014
You just never know who Trump will attack next! In one go, he insulted a long-standing establishment, and Bill Maher’s physical appearance. Voldemort doesn’t care about that. We know for sure that Voldemort despises Harry Potter, half-bloods, and muggles, but Trump is so unpredictable.
7. Trump changes his mind often
One minute, Trump says NAFTA is a disaster, and the next minute he says it isn’t a disaster. Voldemort, however is a steadfast villain whose mission is uncompromising: kill Harry Potter and become the supreme leader.
8. “And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything… Grab ‘em by the pussy. You can do anything” – Donald Trump, 2005
This is by far Trump’s worst quote about women. He outright bragged about sexually assault! Certainly, the women in Voldemort’s life never felt the need to cover their nether regions when he came around.
9. Donald Trump amassed millions of supporters
While Voldemort was feared by many, he had very few supporters. However, Donald Trump won the U.S. presidential election with almost 63 million votes! That could mean many things. Maybe the folks who voted for him shared his nationalistic, xenophoic sentiments; or maybe he is very good at influencing a crowd.
10. Trump is real-life, Voldemort is fictional
The scariest part about this Trump/Voldemort comparison is that Trump is the real-life POTUS! He has access to the nuclear codes, while Voldemort barely had access to a wand. Trump can literally trigger the next World War while Voldemort remains on the pages of a children’s book.