A new CNN documentary examining President TrumpDonald TrumpSix big off-year elections you might be missing Twitter suspends GOP Rep. Banks for misgendering trans health official Meghan McCain to Trump: 'Thanks for the publicity' MORE’s influence on television highlights parallels between the U.S. under the Trump administration and “The Handmaid’s Tale,” a dystopian television series based on the classic novel of the same name.
In “The Trump Show: TV’s New Reality,” which premiered Friday night, "Handmaid's Tale" creator and showrunner Bruce Miller said that he continuously sees parallels between his show and the U.S. under Trump.
"I would be very happy if my show became irrelevant as quickly as possible," he said.
The Hulu show, which was ordered before the 2016 election, focused on the plight of women’s rights, and reproductive rights in particular, under a fictional totalitarian regime.
“Our writers’ room is very news-aware,” Miller said. “Trump pushing on all these hot-button issues brings them to the fore, and they become conversations in the writers’ room.”
In one segment, the documentary highlights a portion of the show where a child is taken away from her mother, with CNN's Brian Stelter describing it as "a plotline that was eerily reminiscent of Trump's immigration policy."
Here's the part of our #TrumpShow documentary about "The Handmaid's Tale." Show creator Bruce Miller says "I would be very happy if my show became irrelevant as quickly as possible..." https://t.co/RuKzAjyQsS— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) July 20, 2018
“We don’t do anything on the show that … isn’t happening to women somewhere in the world,” he added.
Miller is not the first person to compare the fictional show with reality. Margaret Atwood, the legendary author who wrote “The Handmaid’s Tale,” said earlier this year that the U.S. is becoming more like Gilead, the fictional setting of her novel.
“We’re not living in Gilead yet, but there are Gilead-like symptoms going on,” she said. “I don’t enjoy being right, because being right means that we are where we are. And that’s, that’s not a fun place.”
Protesters have often dressed as the handmaids from the show to demonstrate against Congress and the Trump administration in recent months.
Media expert Bill Carter told CNN that the show might not have had the same success if Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonSuper PACs release ad campaign hitting Vance over past comments on Trump I voted for Trump in 2020 — he proved to be the ultimate RINO in 2021 Neera Tanden tapped as White House staff secretary MORE had won the election.
“It couldn’t have the resonance it has now,” he said. “You have people dressing up like the handmaids and walking into Congress. It’s just disturbing and the show is really hitting that nerve.”