The Candidate in the Rye: A Parody of The Catcher in the Rye Starring Donald J. Trump

| January 18, 2017


“If you really want to hear about me running for president, the first thing you’ll probably want to know is what country I was born in, and what my experience holding political office is like, and and what my tax returns say, and all that Mitt Romney kind of crap, but I don’t feel like talking about any of that. [im truncating your own quote because this is kind of long] And if I’m being honest—I’m the best at the truth. I really am.”

One day not too long ago, John Marquane, a writer for the Harvard Lampoon, noticed that The Catcher In The Rye, seminal coming-of-age story for budding jerks everywhere, was actually written in the voice of one Donald J. Trump.’

The Candidate In The Rye parodies this controversial and often-banned masterpiece, reimagining it through the eyes of the Republican nominee as he lags in those dirty, terrible polls with three days to go before the election. Follow America’s least phony candidate as he runs away from his running mate, Pencey, puts on one of literature’s greatest symbols (his red MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN hat), and embarks on a quest to figure out just what the hell’s the point of all this political crap anyway.


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