President Trump has a long, storied history of being his own biggest fan, which is why it usually doesn’t come as a surprise when fan art shows up on his Twitter feed. Who could ever forget when he put out a fan-made video depicting him tackling #FraudNewsCNN to the ground?
Yesterday, however, Trump learned the dangers of presidential re-posting: copyright laws.
Last night, he posted a video that appeared to be part of his 2020 campaign. Epic music played over a montage—video of his meeting with Brazil’s far-right president Jair Bolsonaro, drone shots of Washington, clips of Amy Schumer and Bryan Cranston—with title cards that presented: “First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they call you racist.” All of this before a Trump 2020 title card.
Some viewers were quick to note that the epic music was, in fact, designed for an epic. Specifically, Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises (2012). The video climbed up to over a million views in less than three hours before Warner Brothers Pictures filed a copyright infringement complaint to remove the video. “The use of Warner Bros.’ score from The Dark Knight Rises in the campaign video was unauthorized,” a spokesperson told Buzzfeed News of the misuse of Hans Zimmer’s “Why Do We Fall.”
The video originated as “President Donald Trump 2020 trailer” on MateyProductions, a YouTube channel with roughly 500 subscribers that routinely puts out videos like “Kavanaugh vs the Democrats,” and “President Donald Trump Inspirational tribute (America First).” The video was then blasted over the most-popular Trump-dedicated subreddit r/The_Donald.
As Buzzfeed News pointed out, Warner Bros. is a subsidiary of WarnerMedia, which was acquired by AT&T last year in a merger that Trump had promised to block during his campaign.