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Un-silence of the lambs: Donald Trump praises fictional serial killer Hannibal Lecter at rally

  
Via:  Trout Giggles  •  2 months ago  •  68 comments

By:   David Jackson (USA TODAY)

Un-silence of the lambs: Donald Trump praises fictional serial killer Hannibal Lecter at rally
"The late, great Hannibal Lecter," former President Donald Trump said during a rally Saturday in New Jersey.

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WASHINGTON - Former President Donald Trump replayed an odd campaign-and-movie riff over the weekend: Praise for a fictional cannibal and murderer, one of the most evil characters in the history of cinema.

Hannibal Lecter.

"The late, great Hannibal Lecter," Trump said during a rally Saturday in Wildwood, N..J., citing the psycho protagonist of the novel and Oscar-winning film "The Silence of the Lambs" while discussing immigration policy.

Trump praised Lecter - portrayed by Oscar-winning Anthony Hopkins in the 1991 film - while attacking migrants who are in the United States illegally.

"Has anyone ever seen 'The Silence of the Lambs'?" Trump told a crowd of supporters. "The late, great Hannibal Lecter. He's a wonderful man."

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Trump, who did speak in mocking tones and did not appear to be serious, then made reference to the film's famous final scene in which Lecter follows his next victim down a crowded street.

"I'm having an old friend for dinner," Lecter's character had just said in a phone call with newly minted FBI agent Clarice Starling (portrayed by Jodie Foster in another Oscar-winning performance).

At his New Jersey rally, Trump said: "He often times would have a friend for dinner. Remember the last scene? 'Excuse me, I'm about to have a friend for dinner,' as this poor doctor walked by. 'I'm about to have a friend for dinner.'"

Trump closed his tribute by saying: "But Hannibal Lecter. Congratulations. The late, great Hannibal Lecter."

It was unclear whether Trump was saying the United States should act like Hannibal Lecter, or whether he was comparing some migrants to the crazed serial killer.

Trump has praised Lecter and The Silence of the Lambs in years past, calling the latter one of his favorite movies.

The former president has invoked Lecter while echoing his highly exaggerated claims that prisoners and mental patients are pouring across the U.S. border. "That's 'Silence Of The Lambs;' that's Hannibal Lecter," Trump said during the New Hampshire primary campaign. "Did you ever hear of Hannibal Lecter? They're being dropped into our country. Hannibal Lecter is coming in."

During a 2023 event in Iowa, Trump confused the character with Hopkins by saying, "Hannibal Lecter, how great an actor was he?" The former president also mistakenly quoted the actor as saying he loved Trump, though there is no record of such a comment ever being made.

Trump's Saturday tribute in New Jersey to a movie character killer drew criticism from his opponents.

On the social media site X, foreign policy author Anne Applebaum wrote: "At what other moment in American history could a presidential candidate praise a fictional serial killer, and inspire almost no reaction at all?"

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Trout Giggles
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1  seeder  Trout Giggles    2 months ago

256

 
 
 
devangelical
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1.1  devangelical  replied to  Trout Giggles @1    2 months ago

he really should get some new material for his maga moron comedy tour...

 
 
 
Tessylo
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1.2  Tessylo  replied to  Trout Giggles @1    2 months ago

like anything else - what the fuck did that rant during his 90 minute rant - have to do with anything

 
 
 
Ed-NavDoc
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1.2.1  Ed-NavDoc  replied to  Tessylo @1.2    2 months ago

Some people take things far too seriously.

 
 
 
devangelical
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1.2.2  devangelical  replied to  Tessylo @1.2    2 months ago

maybe he thinks jodie foster looks like ivanka...

 
 
 
cjcold
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1.2.3  cjcold  replied to  Ed-NavDoc @1.2.1    2 months ago

Pretty damn sure that the potential leader of the free world should be taken seriously! What this idiot says actually matters.

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
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1.2.4  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  devangelical @1.2.2    2 months ago

At what age?

 
 
 
Ed-NavDoc
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1.2.5  Ed-NavDoc  replied to  cjcold @1.2.3    2 months ago

I was actually referring to folks posting here.

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
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1.2.6  seeder  Trout Giggles  replied to  Ed-NavDoc @1.2.5    2 months ago

I don't want to be unkind but nobody held a gun to your head and told you to read the comments here

 
 
 
Ed-NavDoc
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1.2.7  Ed-NavDoc  replied to  Trout Giggles @1.2.6    2 months ago

I'll go elsewhere then. A good day to you.

 
 
 
JBB
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1.2.8  JBB  replied to  Ed-NavDoc @1.2.7    2 months ago

Good!

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
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1.2.9  seeder  Trout Giggles  replied to  JBB @1.2.8    2 months ago

that comment wasn't necessary

 
 
 
devangelical
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1.2.10  devangelical  replied to  Ed-NavDoc @1.2.1    2 months ago
Some people take things far too seriously.

some folks sure do ...

 
 
 
Ed-NavDoc
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1.2.11  Ed-NavDoc  replied to  devangelical @1.2.10    2 months ago

I know I do sometimes and I admit it. I'm human and I make mistakes and I own up to them. The difference between me and some others is that they are incapable of admitting their mistakes and see that as a sign of weakness. My comment may well have been out of line and I apologize to any that were offended by it.

 
 
 
devangelical
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1.2.12  devangelical  replied to  Ed-NavDoc @1.2.11    2 months ago
I'll go elsewhere then. A good day to you.

.

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
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1.2.13  seeder  Trout Giggles  replied to  Ed-NavDoc @1.2.11    2 months ago

I do appreciate your apology. I was not offended more like irritated. I see no value in coming to a seed simply to denigrate it.

Thank-you again

 
 
 
Snuffy
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1.2.14  Snuffy  replied to  Trout Giggles @1.2.13    2 months ago
I see no value in coming to a seed simply to denigrate it.

Agreed, I just wish more people would follow that simple rule. 

 
 
 
Ed-NavDoc
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1.2.15  Ed-NavDoc  impassed  JBB @1.2.8    2 months ago
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devangelical
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1.2.16  devangelical  replied to  devangelical @1.2.12    2 months ago

.

 
 
 
Tessylo
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1.2.17  Tessylo  replied to  cjcold @1.2.3    2 months ago

Yeah, go figure.

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devangelical
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1.2.18  devangelical  replied to  Trout Giggles @1.2.6    2 months ago
nobody held a gun to your head and told you to read the comments here

he does a bit more than read and whine about the comments here ...

 
 
 
GregTx
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1.2.19  GregTx  replied to  devangelical @1.2.18    2 months ago

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GregTx
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1.2.20  GregTx  replied to  GregTx @1.2.19    2 months ago

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GregTx
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1.2.21  GregTx  replied to  devangelical @1.2.18    2 months ago

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devangelical
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1.2.22  devangelical  replied to  devangelical @1.2.18    2 months ago

 
 
 
GregTx
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1.2.23  GregTx  replied to  devangelical @1.2.22    2 months ago

Probably a bitch....

 
 
 
devangelical
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1.2.24  devangelical  replied to  GregTx @1.2.23    2 months ago

nah, I wouldn't refer to a past service member with that term, no matter how much I disagreed with their politics...

 
 
 
devangelical
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1.2.25  devangelical  replied to  GregTx @1.2.23    2 months ago
Probably a bitch....

... from texas.

 
 
 
GregTx
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1.2.26  GregTx  replied to  devangelical @1.2.25    2 months ago
from texas.

That resides in Colorado. Absolutely..

 
 
 
devangelical
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1.2.27  devangelical  replied to  GregTx @1.2.26    2 months ago

I'm not from texas, I just spend the winters there.

 
 
 
evilone
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2  evilone    2 months ago
It was unclear whether Trump was saying...

Pretty much sums up Trump's speaking these days. He's a step away from the funny farm and drool cup himself.

 
 
 
devangelical
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2.1  devangelical  replied to  evilone @2    2 months ago

his diminishing mental acuity is becoming more noticeable lately...

 
 
 
Tessylo
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2.2  Tessylo  replied to  evilone @2    2 months ago

yeah, I didn't look at your comment before posting mine - and others are saying that President Biden is brain dead and drooling

 
 
 
cjcold
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2.2.1  cjcold  replied to  Tessylo @2.2    2 months ago

Watched Biden at the correspondents dinner and he was sharp.

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
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2.2.2  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  cjcold @2.2.1    2 months ago

His staff gave him some good material.

 
 
 
afrayedknot
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2.2.3  afrayedknot  replied to  Drinker of the Wry @2.2.2    2 months ago

Did trump’s staff suggest he reference ‘Hannibal Lector’? 

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
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2.2.4  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  afrayedknot @2.2.3    2 months ago

Don’t know, they don’t talk to me.

 
 
 
cjcold
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2.2.5  cjcold  replied to  Drinker of the Wry @2.2.2    2 months ago

Just like every late-night tv host. Biden nailed it.

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
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2.2.6  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  cjcold @2.2.5    2 months ago
Just like every late-night tv host. Biden nailed it.

Depends on the material they are provided.

 
 
 
Ed-NavDoc
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2.2.7  Ed-NavDoc  replied to  Drinker of the Wry @2.2.2    2 months ago

And probably made sure he took his meds beforehand.

 
 
 
Greg Jones
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2.2.8  Greg Jones  replied to  cjcold @2.2.1    2 months ago

Yep, sharp as a butter knife.

 
 
 
arkpdx
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2.2.9  arkpdx  replied to  Tessylo @2.2    2 months ago
others are saying that President Biden is brain dead and drooling

And they are absolutely correct to. Biden is brain dead and drooling

 
 
 
Tessylo
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2.2.10  Tessylo  replied to  afrayedknot @2.2.3    2 months ago

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devangelical
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2.2.11  devangelical  replied to  arkpdx @2.2.9    2 months ago

trump supporters should share some of those coupons included in those discreet package deliveries with him...

 
 
 
TᵢG
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3  TᵢG    2 months ago

Trump can ramble on about whatever comes to his mind.  It does not have to make any sense.   It can lead to no point whatsoever.   It is just rambling and none of his supporters seem to care that Trump is just feeding them a steady diet of bullshit and bloviation.

 
 
 
devangelical
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3.1  devangelical  replied to  TᵢG @3    2 months ago

they willingly lap it up and beg for more...

 
 
 
arkpdx
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3.2  arkpdx  replied to  TᵢG @3    2 months ago
feeding them a steady diet of bullshit and bloviation

Sounds more like Biden supporters to me. Especially the feeding in bullshit part. 

 
 
 
TᵢG
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3.2.1  TᵢG  replied to  arkpdx @3.2    2 months ago

Do better than mechanically substituting Biden and Ds in place of Trump and Rs.

It is obvious and demonstrable that Trump feeds his supporters constant bullshit and bloviation.   All one need do is listen to his speeches.   They are rambling, replete with lies, and at times just bizarre.  Case in point is the "late, great Hannibal Lecter" and the "Gettysburg, wow!" ramblings.

Biden will tell the occasional fabricated (e.g. "Corn Pop") story, and sometimes fumble with words, but at least he has a point and generally gives speeches that have an objective and a clear message.   Biden speaks as a PotUS.   Trump says whatever comes to mind ... probably thinking that his supporters are happy just to hear his sweet voice no matter what he utters.

I have never seen any politician bullshit and bloviate like Trump.   He is in a league of his own.

 
 
 
CB
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3.2.2  CB  replied to  TᵢG @3.2.1    2 months ago

Emphatically. I am watching the media 'fall' all over themselves calling over and over and over and . . . . ad nauseum Michael Cohen a liar. . . (who did it for Donald's admiration sake) and Donald too are sitting in judgement of Cohen-who, at least, takes the witness stand. . . when Donald can't testify because he even lies about being willing to testify. Donald would perjure himself over and over and over and. . . . And yet the media won't bring out that hypocrisy of Donald's team.

 
 
 
Tessylo
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3.2.3  Tessylo  replied to  TᵢG @3.2.1    2 months ago

PD&D+delusion+endless defense of the indefensible

All some have

 
 
 
Tessylo
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3.2.4  Tessylo  replied to  TᵢG @3.2.1    2 months ago

The former 'president' just spews out whatever pops into that fucking moronic brain 

 
 
 
afrayedknot
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4  afrayedknot    2 months ago

Of course he chose to go there, as warped as it is…

The gop is intent on cannibalising their party. Less ‘silence of the lambs’ and more ‘bleating of the sheep.’

 
 
 
devangelical
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4.1  devangelical  replied to  afrayedknot @4    2 months ago

what GOP civil war??? LOL, I'm loving it...

 
 
 
Krishna
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5  Krishna    2 months ago

"Has anyone ever seen 'The Silence of the Lambs'?" Trump told a crowd of supporters. "The late, great Hannibal Lecter. He's a wonderful man."

A wonderful man indeed-- but what he did was only on a small scale, Trump really should be praising those who had a really big "wonderful" impact: Stalin, Hitler, etc!!!

 
 
 
CB
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6  CB    2 months ago

Season One Trailer | The Following

Does anybody remember this series on television sets. . . it 'ended' prematurely (was taken off the air on the West Coast anyway) owing to some national emergency that occurred in I believe it was 2015? It was the most psychotic episodic show I believe to ever appear on U.S. television (it was sick in the head) and it was despairing because it was never-ending cult behavior that killed regular folks as often as specific individuals all for the cause of the "cult leader" who simply did not care about human life. 

Donald comes to mind. . .really. 

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cjcold
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6.1  cjcold  replied to  CB @6    2 months ago

Jammed with Kevin and his band one night in KC. (Mustang Sally)

 
 
 
CB
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6.1.1  CB  replied to  cjcold @6.1    2 months ago
Not mine,..... you like it

Must have been a treat. Celebrity status moment. :) 

 
 
 
Kavika
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7  Kavika     2 months ago

Hannibal for Border Czar. /s

 
 
 
devangelical
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7.1  devangelical  replied to  Kavika @7    2 months ago

usda meat inspector...

 
 
 
arkpdx
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7.2  arkpdx  replied to  Kavika @7    2 months ago

Still would be better and more effective than the current border czar. Of course an empty chair would be better than we have now. 

 
 
 
MrFrost
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8  MrFrost    2 months ago
"The late, great Hannibal Lecter. He's a wonderful man."

Funny... If Hannibal Lecter was a real person, he would be a far better person than trump.  

 
 
 
CB
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8.1  CB  replied to  MrFrost @8    2 months ago

Yeah, Donald is sending mental (images) messages again. It could be attempted as an argument in this trial, as an example of how Donald projects violent mental images out into the world. . .looking for an 'antenna' to pick up on them and act!  Leaving him with plausible deniability. (AKA: Playing stupid.)

 
 
 
GregTx
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8.1.1  GregTx  replied to  CB @8.1    2 months ago

original

You might be right...

 
 
 
CB
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8.1.2  CB  replied to  GregTx @8.1.1    2 months ago

Interesting 'work' there! 

 
 
 
GregTx
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8.1.3  GregTx  replied to  CB @8.1.2    2 months ago

Not mine,..... you like it, don't you?...

 
 
 
CB
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8.1.4  CB  replied to  GregTx @8.1.3    2 months ago
Not mine,..... you like it

Greg, I don't routinely mock people—including Donald. Let me be clear(er), I am wondering if the mask is layered on Donald or done with some AI feature. :)

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
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8.1.5  seeder  Trout Giggles  replied to  GregTx @8.1.3    2 months ago

I like it!

 
 
 
Tessylo
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8.2  Tessylo  replied to  MrFrost @8    2 months ago

Almost anyone would be

 
 

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