In his damning report from the GOP campaign trail, Matt Taibbi notes the disturbing similarities between the bullying tactics of lead candidate Donald Trump and those of Eighties wrestling champion “Ravishing” Rick Rude.
“The ninth Republican debate, in Greenville, South Carolina, is classic Trump,” he writes. “He turns these things into WWE contests, and since he has actual WWE experience after starring in Wrestlemania in 2007, he knows how to play these moments like a master.
“Interestingly, a lot of Trump’s political act seems lifted from bully-wrestlers. A clear influence is ‘Ravishing’ Rick Rude, an Eighties champ whose shtick was to insult the audience. He would tell ticket holders they were ‘fat, ugly sweat hogs,’ before taking off his robe to show them ‘what a real sexy man looks like.'”
See the evidence above.