Donald Trump's rise to the presidency was swift and largely surprising, but perhaps it shouldn't have been so shocking considering Trump was backed by the man behind Marvel Comics, Ike Perlmutter. Perlmutter, the Chairman of Marvel and a major Disney stakeholder, has donated millions of dollars to Trump and also serves as an advisor to the president on Veterans' healthcare. That means that for every Marvel comic book, every Marvel Studios movie ticket, and every piece of merchandise sold, some percentage of the money, however small or abstract iy be, contributes to Perlmutter's wealth, which has been used to help financially support Donald Trump's political career, and will probably continue to do so for the foreseeable future.
With the Marvel films as successful as they are, that makes Trump a formidable foe. Maybe what Democrats need to defeat him in 2020 is a candidate who can fight him on both fronts: both in the political arena, and also in the realm of fictional superheroes.
Enter Long Beach, CA mayor Robert Garcia.
Garcia is a big DC Comics fans, as first noticed by ComicBook.com, and he has no problem going toe to toe with the rival House of Ideas. Challenged by a Marvel fan on his superhero affiliation, the Democratic politician responded:
Harsh words, and they earned Garcia the aforementioned write-up on ComicBook.com. But Garcia wasn't afraid of the attention, pointing out:
Of course, Marvel have a lot of supporters, and Garcia was sure to get some backlash for his comments. But he wasn't sweating that:
And someone even suggested that he should run for President, and Garcia seemed to consider the idea:
Garcia has no problem going after Trump on Twitter either:
Garcia on the issues:
Marvel vs. DC:
Star Wars vs. Star Trek:
So could the first openly gay mayor of Long Beach be the perfect candidate to take on Donald Trump? Sadly, there's one insurmountable obstacle: Garcia was born in Peru, and moved to the United States with his mother when he was five years old. As we all know, only a natural born citizen of the United States can be President, and Donald Trump is a real stickler for birth certificates. Tax returns, not so much, but birth certificates are extremely important.
Sadly, it looks like Garcia will have to sit on the sidelines when the next presidential election rolls around. But we'll be keeping a close on eye on whoever he endorses.