Sharpening his pitch to what he calls “the silent majority,” Donald Trump presented himself Saturday as the “law and order” candidate in the 2016 presidential race, pledging to “get rid” of gangs and give more power to police officers.
...In the 1933 movie Gabriel Over the White House -- which William Randolph Hearst helped financed and partially wrote -- the Angel Gabriel transforms a crooked president into a champion of the people. The president dismisses Congress, proclaims martial law, and uses military tribunals against gangsters, including an immigrant named Nick Diamond.
“We’re going to get rid of those gang members so fast your head will spin,” he said, not elaborating on specifics. “One of the first things I’m going to do is get rid of those gang members.”
See my essay on the movie here.