Trumped – The Movie


If Hillary Clinton had won the election (sorry, I didn’t mean to depress you), “Trumped: Inside the Greatest Political Upset of All Time” would never have played at Sundance, because it wouldn’t have existed. The movie, which was pieced together in record time, is a sharp, fun, disquieting, and fleetly edited chronicle of the entire campaign year, inside and outside the media bubble, with the focus held obsessively on Donald Trump’s rise.

The film’s directors — Ted Bourne, Mary Robertson, and Banks Tarver — drew on thousands of hours of footage shot for the weekly Showtime documentary series “The Circus,” which followed the acerbic pundit-reporters John Heilemann (a neurotically quick live wire who gets to cuss more than he did in his previous media jobs), Mark Halperin (the sage rabbinical one), and Mark McKinnon (genial third banana) on the campaign trail, getting up close to the action, sometimes in a way that only cinema vérité filmmakers used to be able to do, and unleashing their incisive (and often quite prophetic) commentary. In “Trumped,” the focus is almost exclusively on the Trump campaign, and it includes a couple of angles we haven’t seen before (an interview with Trump on his private jet, a visit to his Mar-a-Lago compound). But mostly the film re-assembles a great many things that we have seen.

So why would anyone want to sit through any of this again?

For masochistic political junkies, there’s a twitchy and morbid media-world fascination to seeing a replay of Trump’s greatest hits (his ride down the escalator at Trump Tower to announce his candidacy; the mocking of John McCain, Megyn Kelly, and New York Times reporter Serge F. Kovaleski; the first time he promised to build that wall). But the real reason to watch “Trumped” takes the form of a question: Knowing what we know now, does the evolution of the Trump campaign look different? Are there hidden signs of what was ultimately to come? And what of Trump himself? On the campaign trail, where his candidacy was rarely taken seriously by the mainstream media (until it was), and where a great many people believed that he could never win (until he did), does he look different in 20-20 hindsight?

In one important way he does: When you watch “Trumped,” there’s an eerie and inescapable sense, from early on in the campaign, that Trump knew he was going to win. You could argue, of course, that his whole style of in-your-face braggadocio is simply based on his pathological need to present himself as a “winner.” That’s the signature of the Trump brand, and since he ran the campaign much as he did his real-estate business — as a pugnacious swirl of smoke and mirrors — you could argue that his angry swagger and puffed-up invincibility during the campaign was just another meaningless piece of Trumpian advertising. Yet Trump, it’s clearer now, saw how the excitement at his rallies was building and catching fire, and he knew that the whole nature of fire is that it spreads. His son Donald Trump Jr. sums this up most perceptively when he observes, “It’s not a campaign anymore; it’s a movement.” He’s right. In “Trumped,” Trump’s bravado plays as less truculent, more onto something, as he brushes reporters aside with a thuggish gleam that says, “I don’t need you.”

The other thing that Trump grasped was the power of social media to create its own reality. In the interview on Trump’s jet, he’s tired and relaxed, and he talks about his revelation that Twitter had rendered the entire world of political advertising irrelevant. With a single tweet (he mimes punching one out), he could rule the mediasphere.

Believe it or not, that was the nicest review I could find. There weren’t many, and the rest of them were scathing. Obviously there weren’t any Trump supporters writing movie reviews.

It’s not a great movie, but it is definitely worth watching. They show some things you didn’t see in the daily news coverage, like the size and enthusiasm of Trump’s rallies. There are a lot of behind the scenes clips too.

The movie is about 1 hour and 48 minutes long, so apparently what they did was they went thru all of those hundreds of hours of footage and selected all the clips where they said nice things about Trump. That left them with only about 1 hour and 45 minutes to fill, so they used some of the bad stuff they said about him too.

The movie could have been better. If you spent the past couple years in a coma and knew nothing about the election or who won this movie would not enlighen you. But that doesn’t apply to any of us. We know how the movie ends, so for us it’s just a little walk down Memory Lane.

The best part of the movie is at the end. They spend quite a bit of time covering election night, starting inside Hillary’s campaign party where everyone was jubilant at first. You get to watch Heilemann and Halperin as it begins to sink in that Trump won. I watched that part about three times.


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133 Responses to Trumped – The Movie

  1. Dora says:

    I mentioned downstairs that I really enjoyed the movie. It brought me back to the campaign and let me relive all the emotional ups and downs, but this time with a smile on my face because I knew how the story ended. 🙂


    So about these presidential libraries. Do the taxpayers get stuck paying the bill? I hope not. This is probably the most expensive library in history! And for him! Oh no! Maybe they should build this monstrosity in Kenya, where it will be more appreciated.

    Barack Obama’s presidential library may need $1.5 billion

    • DeniseVB says:

      I’m surprised Obama didn’t EO himself a free library. The planners seem frustrated with his lack fundraising efforts, as all Presidents do.

      I don’t think the Obamas will do as well post-Presidency as the Clintons did. The Clintons were likable and still influential in the world, especially when Hillary became SoS. And I can’t wait for that CGI foundation investigation!

    • elliesmom says:

      Presidential libraries are paid for by funds raised from donations. Federal tax money isn’t used. States can contribute to them, though. The JFK library is on the grounds of the University of Massachusetts in Boston. I don’t remember if the library paid for the land or the state donated it, and I’m too lazy to dig through the stuff online to find out. If the state contributed the land, there was no taxpayer revolt over it. The museums charge admission to help with the maintenance and to bring traveling exhibits in. The JFK library is quite lovely with a beautiful view of Boston Harbor. It’s not very big as museums go. A traveling exhibit that got lines out the door was Jackie’s iconic wardrobe on display. Since part of the Obama museum is going to be a tribute to Michelle, maybe they’ll use some of her clothes to upholster the furniture. Sorry/Not Sorry

  2. DeniseVB says:

    I like her. Hope she Trumps La France 🙂

  3. votermom says:

    The movie is about 1 hour and 48 minutes long, so apparently what they did was they went thru all of those hundreds of hours of footage and selected all the clips where they said nice things about Trump. That left them with only about 1 hour and 45 minutes to fill, so they used some of the bad stuff they said about him too.


    Although, dang klown, making me do MATH on the first workday morning of thweek!
    Wait, I’m unemployed, carry on.

  4. taw46 says:

    • taw46 says:

      As someone said, he was invited to speak because the left is trying to shut down free speech (Berkeley). And what do the neverTrumpers do? Shut down free speech.

    • blowme0bama says:

      McMullin is an absolute TURD!! I DOUBT he has legitimate presidential aspirations, but he is the public face of #nevertrump. Who is paying for this asshole’s shenanigans?

      • votermom says:

        The way to hit back is with the same tactics – did up dirt on McMuffin.
        Why hasn’t anyone done that?
        Based on his actions since last year, I’ll bet anything this guy is corrupt and dirty.

        • Somebody says:

          It will be very difficult, if not impossible to dig up anything on McMullin. He is/was CIA. No telling how many identities he’s had, even if you find stuff you can’t be so sure it’s true, could have been part of a CIA cover. Is he still a senior adviser to the House Foreign Relations committee? If so, that might be who is putting him up to these things. He has a lot of foreign ties too, then there is also Romney whom he worked for and he too is a Mormon so there are a lot of ties there to all sorts of people. It could be all of the above.

        • kanaughty says:

          Ooooh that’s a good idea. And he has bad karma coming to him anyway.

      • taw46 says:

        I would like to know who is paying as well. Probably Soros, as this is a another way to try and destroy Trump and his supporters.

      • kanaughty says:

        If it weren’t for social media, he’d be a has been. His 15 minutes are over. Think about how no one would know or listen to mccmuffin in 2000 or in the 90’s

  5. swanspirit says:
    A woman after my own heart! LePen REFUSES to wear headgear, cancels meeting with Muzzy Mufti! Yes!!!

  6. votermom says:

    via instapundit, seriously Campbell’s?

    What a sad commercial

  7. votermom says:

    so I’m trying to write a banned book post about Milo but I can’t stay mad because I also have Santa Clarita Diet up on netflix which keeps cracking me up.

  8. MIranda says:

    Speaking of media, Hamilton is supposed to play in a local auditorium in 2018. I enjoy plays and musicals, and there was a time I would have been excited about this and trying to get tickets. I resent having had that experience spoiled but after the way they harassed VP Pence, I’m not interested.

    • DeniseVB says:

      No paying guest deserves that and classy Pence did say he enjoyed the play. I’m kinda phftt on paying for any entertainment these days, just not interested that much. So I understand how you feel. I might go if someone gives me free tickets 🙂

  9. Somebody says:

    Completely OT……..I’m freaking out. My eldest daughter is sick and has been sick for a month. She’s kept trudging on because of yet another new corporate carrot being dangled by yet another task master…….working 12-16 hour days, weekends too……teleconference meetings on Sunday while sick as a dog. The new task master told her she had BETTER be over her illness by Wednesday because there are big meetings on Wednesday and Thursday……so she goes to the corporate provided clinic yesterday and see an NP. The NP prescribes antibiotics and sudafed.

    Background my daughter has penicillin and sulfa allergies, she has SJS type reactions. She was diagnosed with the allergies before SJS was officially recognized as a “thing” in medicine. There is long version to this, but it’s beside the point.

    The NP gave her a prescription for Doxycycline and switched her from mucinex to sudafed, from what I’ve read doxycycline should be OK it’s not a sulfa drug. Daughter started it last night, she called this morning freaked out. She’s swollen up, red, hives, in pain and itchy all over. She sent me a picture of her arm and OMFG…..OMG! I told her to get to urgent care or an ER immediately. She just arrived at an urgent care, I’m on pins and needles. I feel so helpless being hundreds of miles away, she’s all by herself up there. I’m worried sick, what if they can’t stop the reaction, what if it gets worse?

    • Somebody says:

      PS… daughter’s hands are literally twice their normal size and beet red like a magenta red. Her arms are swollen and red, like an angry red with hives but not entirely covered there are a couple of patches of normal skin. The picture she sent me her hand is consumed but her arm is about 75-80% covered. Hands are a much deeper red too.

      • swanspirit says:

        Good thing she is at an urgent care, and she is definitely having a very serious reaction They will give her what she needs to stop the reaction, including epinephrine, and benadryl.

        • Somebody says:

          I know Swannie, but I also know there can be risks there too……been through a couple of crash carts with my youngest when she was in chemo.

          I know even if I was there I couldn’t stop the reaction, I couldn’t change things but I’d just feel better if I was there talking to the doctor. I know she’s 30, she’s not a baby, but you never stop being a mom.

          By the by, I texted my son to inform him what was happening and that he may need to take time off should his sister end up in the hospital. What I meant by that was that I would be going to North Carolina and wouldn’t be here to babysit his children. He just texted me back and informed me he can take off work and be at his sister’s house in under 6 hours if need be…….WHAT??? HUH? You mean and leave the kids with me? Why would he think he needed to go and not me???

          • mothy67 says:

            Do you miss them when they are not there? I let brat go to park by herself yesterday for two hours. No I was not stalking the tree at top of the hill had a very fascinating twig. I needed 120 minutes to process it.

          • swanspirit says:

            My daughter has had allergic reActions to seafood, and had to have benadryl IM. She has had allergic reactions to. IV meds and had to have benadryl IV.
            I was there outside the maternity suite when she was having an emergency C section , and crashed from too much anesthesia. When she recovered I wept like a baby.
            She will be ok. You may not be, but she will.

      • mothy67 says:

        Fuck are they sending her to ER. Prayers.

      • taw46 says:

        I know how worried you must be, prayers. They will take care of her.

      • DeniseVB says:

        Post updates please ! Sending speedy recovery and healing thoughts your dd’s way and a fifth of Jack yours. ❤

      • elliesmom says:

        She’ll be fine. Remember how to say that? And it was true then, and it will be true now. ❤

    • votermom says:

      prayers for her & hugs for you
      So hard when you can’t be right there when they are sick

      • foxyladi14 says:

        Amen {{{Somebody}}} ❤

        • Somebody says:


          I heard from my daughter about 10 minutes ago, she is back home and fine. They gave her a couple of injections and started her on steroids and benadryl. She was taken off all other medications. She is allowed to start Flonase nasal spray for her sinuses after 24 hours. She is to follow up with a specialist in a couple of days.

          The doctor at urgent care has no idea why my daughter had a reaction or what she had a reaction to. The ingredients in the sudafed she has are the same as those in the mucinex she was taking…….so that would lean toward her having had a reaction to the doxycycline since it was the new medication in the mix. However, there is some kind of warning about an interaction when doxycycline is taken with one of the ingredients in sudafed in a small number of patients. That is all something an allergist will have to figure out via testing.

          My daughter said the urgent care doctor wasn’t alarmed, but was somewhat shocked by the extent her reaction. What my daughter didn’t tell me is that almost her entire body is covered and the picture she sent me was of her “good” arm…….OMG! The other thing my daughter didn’t tell me is that she has a pseudo-mom that is there with her. It’s an older co-worker that dropped everything this morning and is taking care of my daughter. Pseudo-mom is the one that actually took the bull by the horns with urgent care. My daughter thought it might hurt my feelings that she had a pseudo-mom looking out for her. She’s wrong I am overjoyed and relieved, in fact I plan to do something nice for pseudo-mom. She’ll never know how much I appreciate her right now.

          Thanks for all the support!! Man what a morning!

          • lateblum says:

            Good News !!!

          • lyn says:

            Great news! ❤

          • Somebody says:

            Yes it is good news, I mean she’s still swollen and covered but she’s on the road to getting over this reaction. They started her out with injections to get immediately into her system and honestly I think the steroid shot helped her sinuses, she sounds better. She doesn’t sound well, but she sounds a little bit better. Pseudo-mom was going to go hunting at the health food store for something to soothe her skin, we bounced around some ideas.

            I truly have to wonder if my daughter’s new task master is going to insist she be there the next two days for the executive meetings? I think she should show up AND tell him she’s highly contagious, LOL! If she doesn’t go in, I don’t think he can fire her for being sick she has multiple doctors documentation at this point. Who knows maybe he’ll try, major company…….deep pockets.

          • Underwhelmed says:

            Good news she’s better, but what the hell is up with that company? That’s criminal behaviour. Bastards.

          • swanspirit says:

            Thank Goddess, and am very glad she is ok!! Now go have nice drink for your nerves. Hugs!

    • lateblum says:

      {{{Somebody}}} I know what that is like and I know that even when my daughter finally recovered from what sounds like the same type of reaction, I could hardly breathe. I saved the photos I took of her when I finally got to see her. ❤
      I'll have her (and you) in my thoughts. Please keep us all posted.

  10. taw46 says:

    “In an email statement, David Horowitz, Freedom Center founder and author of Big Agenda: President Trump’s Plan to Save America, responded by excoriating the decision by CPAC as an “assault on free speech”:

    Just when we thought Donald Trump had blown the oppressive leftist party line called Political Correctness sky high, the conservative board of CPAC, which had no qualms about including a Muslim Brotherhood representative as a colleague, has decided to crucify the strongest, most effective advocate for conservative ideas on college campuses. Banning Milo Yiannopoulos from its platforms repeats its ban of the Dutch champion of free speech, Geert Wilders, at a time when he was under indictment for saying un-PC things about Islam, and the ban of myself for decrying the Muslim Brotherhood links of CPAC board members Suhail Khan and Grover Norquist.

    The banning of Milo is an assault on free speech that should horrify all conservatives, including the CPAC board.”

  11. votermom says:

    CNN on mute but after Pres. Trump’s remarks they now have a 6-way split screen of glum talking heads all looking like their puppy died.

    Cheer up, losers!

    • Somebody says:

      What remarks did POTUS make??

      • votermom says:

        he was at the AA Museum with Ben Carson & Tim Scott & Ivanka and he denounced anti-Semitism and racism and also praised Carson & Scott

        • taw46 says:

        • DeniseVB says:

          Congrats vm, you hit the 5 W’s of Journalism !

          Who – Trump et al
          What – gave remarks denouncing anti-semitism and racism, praising great people
          Where – AA museum
          When – this morning
          Why – to pay tribute during Black history month

          How the msm would write that,

          Who – Not my President , because Hillary won the popular vote, Trump
          What – bloviated more non-sense we don’t believe anyhow
          Where – at the Obama Shrine of the AA
          When – this morning probably inconveniencing tourists (though they know DC museums open at 10 or 11 am but the won’t say that he was there long before they open)
          Why – because he’s a narcissistic media whore.

          How – is actually the 6th W, I don’t think it’s necessary for clarity in this story, since the museum is very near the WH, we assumed he and his guests were driven for security reason. HOWever, the msm would add it to promote their mean Trump agenda.

          Msm’s How – by taxpayer funded gas, oil and security in the car, we taxpayers bought for a billionaire.

          Your comment would be very tweetable and may inspire me to click on the link to your article to read more!

          MSM (the verified circle jerks) would tweet : Media bashing Trump says some remarks at this most unlikely place !

          Just having some fun, but am I close? 😀

  12. AFVet says:

    • lateblum says:

      Oopsie! I posted a tweet from the Guardian above. Sorry, I didn’t read all the way down here first. 😦

  13. votermom says:

    radio talk show where Milo made the BAD AWFUL HORRIBLE joke responds

    (lotsa f-bombs)


  14. AFVet says:

    Thank God he won.

  15. AFVet says:

    • lateblum says:

      Thanks reposting this today. I watched it last night. I’m certain I’ve heard of this lady, but wouldn’t have recalled if not for you.

  16. votermom says:

    sometimes I see retweets of stuff I don’t remember tweeting, and I manage to make myself laugh

  17. taw46 says:

  18. AFVet says:

  19. Dora says:

    Obama was there at this time, if I remember correctly.

    • Somebody says:

      Dora where was this taken? They don’t appear to be dressed for an island get away. All the pictures I saw of the Branson/Obama vacation they were in casual attire, even at meals. Also notice the fall mums in the background. I’m not saying that Soros didn’t pay a visit to Branson’s island, but I don’t think this picture is from a couple of weeks ago.

    • DeniseVB says:

      Branson-Soros-Clintons-Obamas are all one big happy family working for world domination, but they have to take out Trump first.

    • Dora says:

      You are probably right Somebody. I just read the message on the tweet and didn’t look very closely at the picture itself. Even if it wasn’t taken on the last vacation, it does show how friendly they all are.

      BTW you are very observant. That’s a good thing. I should be a little more careful myself. I’m always in a hurry for some reason.:-)

  20. mothy67 says:

    I got arrested last year for walking while intoxicated one street up from my home. 178 dollar fine and 130 to waive court cost. I was at a bar everyone was doing shots they got into a car to go after hours. I was blotto and chose to walk home. I wasn’t really arrested. They drove me home but gave me a ticket. I love that they did that. I have a kid sort of I do not want drunks walking around. I took my medicine, but now there are these groups of young men hanging out on corners drinking and doing scratch off tickets. That is all they do. Where do they get the money? I was ordered by a judge to do 9 months in a half way house because I walked into a parked ambulance and spent ten minutes making apologies. High on god only knows. My sentence was unfair. Maybe not unfair as I had whitman’s sampler in my blood stream. I did lockdown at Bellview. Court ordered weeks in a crisis center, 28 days rehab and then 9 months in Ronkonkoma. I could not get welfare as I made too much and had assets. I picked up cans. Most freeing moment of my life. I was standing on a street on Long Island embarassed to pick up a can so I could eat. I started laughing. What an ass I was. Like anyone driving by thought anything about an idiot on side of rode. I bought a kids huffy and a duffle bag. I could make 100 a day. Welfare peeps in my house of 10 got like 110 a month for food and 38 cash for soap and stuff. I lived it for 9 months. They did not have money for scratch offs. Where does this money come from. They also just drink on the corner. No one stops them. I live here pay taxes. I stumbled home. I accept my fine. No open container law no one stops them. Hours they just hang out scratching tickets. This was my home a year ago I would have let baby girl walk 15 blocks (lies I’d still be scared) . It has gotten bad. Its like a flash flood. Boom hundreds. Invasion. obama set this up.

  21. mothy67 says:

    My prog friends en masse do not see a problem with what Milo said and they hate him.

  22. votermom says:

  23. votermom says:

    ok finished Santa Clarita diet. Very funny, kinda gross, and very cliff hangery
    I hope they make season 2 soon.

    • mothy67 says:

      I tried to watch. Didn’t feel it.
      Will say from my experience Drew is a class act. They were filming Music & Lyrics a few years ago. Place I worked was on W 72nd closed during the day so they leased place. Was craft services. I was managing I asked her if she wanted something to drink. She wanted flat water. Not included in the rental but I brought water for her whole table. I was going to have to pay as it was not included. On her way out she thanked me for treating everyone at table the same as her. I gave everyone water not just her. I thought what ever princess I bought 70 dollars of water. Three days later a 1500 dollar gift card with just Thanks Drew.

      • votermom says:

        aww that’s nice. She seems like a nice person so it’s great to hear that she is. I saw an article that said she slipped on the set of this show and hit her head on the pavement – got a concussion.
        I hate her hair in this show though.

  24. taw46 says:

  25. mothy67 says:

    So creepy. I was going to get a hair cut. I asked my mom if she needed anything from store. She said I can cut your hair. She did. I have not combed my hair since the 80’s. Fingers.
    My mom, mind you I am 50, looked at me and said my god you are good looking. I was like really Sharon you never saw me before? I modeled. Nope . I said you know I did print in Paris. She said I thought that was porn. I have never done porn. I have very blue eyes. I made some money. We were estranged for over a decade she thought I was doing porn. Love my mom. Milo got her to ask me if I did porn. So funny.

  26. votermom says:

    George Takei was molested as a 13 yo, he says he liked it

  27. taw46 says:

    I hope “regular” Americans will be able to watch this. What they will see is a handsome, articulate, sweet guy – one all mothers would love, lol. Seriously, I think he did an excellent job with the presser and definitely makes CPAC look like a bunch of assholes. I just hope all that Milo is planning really does happen, I have to believe there are people who would back him in new adventures. I despise neverTrumpers and the Marxist left, I want to see them both destroyed.

  28. votermom says:

    Egg McMuffin doing the end zone dance

  29. AFVet says:

    McCain needs to go.

  30. AFVet says:

  31. r u reddy says:

    If any Clinton supporters are reading this . . . to freshen the springs of ever-flowing outrage . . . they might think about this: Trump was one of the Early Republican Wannabes who was elevated and advanced in the MSM in collusion with the DNC-Clinton Campaign Conspiracy to put into effect the Pied Piper Strategy; whereby the “weakest and most defeatable” Republican Candidate would be engineered into the nomination for Hillary to then defeat.

    So Trump was quite literally Clinton’s ” her own petard” on which she found herself hoist. Something for the Clinton supporters to think about.

  32. AFVet says:

    Cool picture.

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