WASHINGTON—Deadwood, the fictional American western television show with elements of racism, corruption and blue language, has been identified as the inspiration for Donald J. Trump’s White House.
“I’m a big admirer of the Swearengen character,” said Trump. “He calls it likes he sees it, is a master deal maker and has a way with the ladies. Remind you of anyone?”
The town of Deadwood was portrayed as a lawless cesspool that pitted good against evil. Led by a hotel-owning overlord, people either worked for Al Swearengen, or they were the enemy. It was a fine line between being in his pocket and being run out of town. Or worse.
Set in the late 1800s, and airing in the early 2000s, the series had a reluctant hero in sheriff Seth Bullock. Ever snarling and largely powerless, Bullock still tried his best to expose and unseat the greedy in a place where it was every man for himself. As a foil, he played the same role nearly every Democrat and late night television show host now plays in America.
Trump admits that briefly-appointed White House Communications Director, Anthony “The Mooch” Scaramucci, probably best exemplified the spirit of Deadwood. “Anthony’s language really painted a picture,” said Trump. “I wish that cocksucker all the best.”
Deadwood came to an end abruptly and without warning after three seasons.