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Why I’d Prefer ‘House of Cards’ President Frank Underwood Over Donald Trump

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House of Cards

Since the 2016 U.S. election, both supporters and opponents of the winning candidate have been voicing their opinions left and right and flooding social media with anger and hate, and rightfully so. After all, our country prides itself on freedom of speech and many social liberties are at the forefront of the discussion. While this writer doesn’t typically like to get involved in politics, it seemed like a funny idea to compare our current POTUS Donald J. Trump to fictional president Frank Underwood in Netflix’s phenomenal original series, House of Cards.

First of all, let’s get the obvious point out of the way. Kevin Spacey, who owns the role as Georgia-born second term president Frank Underwood, is way less annoying-looking than Trump. His hair is presumably real, he doesn’t use a spray tan (at least not a visible one), and he doesn’t make that weird pucker face when he talks.

Secondly, Frank Underwood knows good food when he sees it. Freddy’s Ribs is probably the most delicious-looking fictional restaurant in all of television. In the show’s first season, Frank always makes sure to find the time to stop in to his favorite eatery to chomp down on a plate of savory ribs. Trump, on the other hand, likes his steak well done, eats taco bowls, and frequents establishments such as McDonald’s.

Thirdly, at least Frank Underwood is able to get things passed in the Senate. His job plan America Works somehow made it through the approval process while Trump seems to be at a standstill with his new healthcare bill, even with a Republican congress. Obviously America Works wasn’t great for the American people either, but the man lobbied with finesse and was able to get what he wanted sooner rather than later.

Most of all, Frank Underwood is just way more badass. Maybe that’s partly because he’s firm when he speaks and doesn’t feel the need to say “believe me” when he addresses the American people. He also killed with his bare hands, which we definitely can’t condone, but seriously… those moments in Season 1 were some of the most intense scenes in streaming television and really gave Underwood his undeniable intimidation factor.

In all reality, it’s not very likely a president like Frank Underwood would have ever been elected in a democracy like ours in the current political climate, with everything recorded and under scrutiny as it is. I just really like watching him more than I like watching, or hearing about, Donald J. Trump. The both scariest and most impressive thing about House of Cards is that it seems so realistic that it makes you wonder what lengths our politicians really go to get elected to office.

Michael is a music and television junkie keen on most things that are not a complete and total bore. You can follow him on Twitter — @Tweetskoor

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