What happens when an ego goes too far? That provocative question provides the prelude to the documentary Donald Trump: Make America Hate Again as images of Benito Mussolini and Adolf Hitler fill the screen. Many viewers may find the film's thesis a bit too extreme, but it nevertheless contains a series of observations that prove acute and revealing.
The film argues that a certain amount of ego can spell a healthy recipe for success, but when it's allowed to run amok, it can prove disastrous to everything it touches. Is this the case with Donald Trump? The filmmakers certainly think so. They support this logic by running through the seven characteristics of narcissistic personality disorder, and showing how Trump fulfills each of them with a continuous display of soundbites from the man himself.
As it's presented, the offensive nature of much of this content is undeniable. We see the numerous disparaging comments he's made about women, and the schoolyard insults he's thrown at each of his opponents on the election trail. We're shown the most incendiary segments of his campaign speeches when he's called for a ban on Muslims entering the United States, and questioned the character of illegal immigrants who pour into the country from Mexico. We witness the vocal support of his candidacy from prominent hate groups and their most visible spokespeople, and his initial hesitance to vociferously denounce their endorsements.
These clips are either damning or rousing depending upon your political persuasion. Whether you believe Trump to be a thin-skinned hatemonger or a politically incorrect savior of the conservative movement, it's difficult to deny his ability to provoke visceral reactions from both sides of the aisle. The same can be said of this film.
Donald Trump: Make America Hate Again recognizes Trump's singular gifts of salesmanship and appealingly outspoken presentation. But it vehemently denounces what it views as his dangerously uninformed platform. Undeniably left-leaning in its analysis, the film is infused with a great sense of urgency because the stakes couldn't be higher. After all, Trump could very well hold the winning key for entry into the White House on the election day.