Trump-era White House uses HBO’s Deadwood as Model

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.

Molly Donovan

I grew up in the USA, but don't hold that against me because I'm also Canadian. Just think of me as the mole.

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