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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Blumhouse and Universal Pictures have just released the brand-new poster for the latest entry in the Purge film franchise, The First Purge. For this first piece of marketing, they take a very clear stab at controversial U.S. president Donald Trump.

Take a look below:

As you can see, the hat in the poster is quite obviously inspired by Trump’s “Make America Great Again” hats that many of his supporters don at rallies.

The Purge has always been an overtly political film franchise. While it tends to be a bit exploitative in concept, its dystopian setting really stretches to make a comment on today’s politics, and the potential for things to spiral into inhumane territory.

For those who don’t know, each film in the franchise has followed the events of a single night of the Purge, which is a 12-hour period where the government shuts down all services, allowing any forms of crime to go unpunished within that period. Some folks lock themselves up, but others go on a rampage, cleaning out their systems so that they’re good to go for another year. The goal here is obvious: to cleanse the masses of any ill will so that they don’t redirect their anger to the government.

As you may have guessed, The First Purge will no longer be moving things forward in time, but will instead head to (you guessed it) the first Purge.

Check out the official synopsis below:

“Behind every tradition lies a revolution. Next Independence Day, witness the rise of our country’s 12 hours of annual lawlessness. Welcome to the movement that began as a simple experiment: The First Purge.

To push the crime rate below one percent for the rest of the year, the New Founding Fathers of America (NFFA) test a sociological theory that vents aggression for one night in one isolated community. But when the violence of oppressors meets the rage of the marginalized, the contagion will explode from the trial-city borders and spread across the nation.”

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SOURCE: Blumhouse & Universal

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.