Liar Liar hit theaters on March 21, 1997, and quickly tickled funny bones across the world, earning $181.4 million domestically and $121.3 million overseas for a grand total of $302.7 million on a budget not even close to that.
Now it seems a “remake” of sorts is being planned by an unusual source — GOP front-runner himself, Donald Trump. And he has “narrowed down” his casting selections to two rival candidates: U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (Republican-Texas) and Democratic front-runner/former First Lady Hillary Clinton.
Of course, the remake isn’t really going to happen, but it’s the latest attack ad from the king of attacks.
It was only a matter of time before Trump settled on some kind of Liar Liar reference. After all, he’s been calling Cruz and Rubio and the SuperPACs spending millions on attack ads liars for the last several months.
Now, on the heels of his infamous “barking Hillary” ad (see below), he is once again taking the high road (insert sarcasm here).
Here is the official Liar Liar poll that Trump is currently running on his Twitter account. At this time, Hillary is winning by about 8 percentage points with more than 11,000 votes counted.
Who should star in a reboot of Liar Liar- Hillary Clinton or Ted Cruz? Let me know. https://t.co/ESdiEftWGs
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 17, 2016
That wasn’t all he did with it, though. Over on Facebook, the Donald put his Photoshop skills to the test — okay, maybe his social media people did — by setting his sights specifically on Cruz, who is the only real threat to the nomination currently.
Here’s what he came up with in that department.
Not a bad edit, one would have to admit.
While Trump’s decision to attend the next Republican debate resulted in cancellation of the event, it’s good to see that fans of the GOP donnybrooks can still get their fix for third-grade insults.
Of course, that isn’t to say that Trump’s attacks on his rival candidates have been entirely without substance. Today, he set his sights on Hillary by reposting an article in which the mother of a fallen soldier said there was a “special place in hell” for Hillary Clinton.
The mother, Patricia Smith, is outraged at Clinton for “lying” to her about her son’s death and the circumstances surrounding it when the U.S. consulate at Benghazi was attacked on September 11, 2012.
Clinton had originally indicated that an anti-Muslim video was to blame for the attack, which left four Americans killed.
She has since stumbled on the campaign trail, first calling Smith “wrong” about her characterization of the attacks and later mistakenly noting that no American lives were lost in Libya, seeming to have forgotten the Benghazi victims.
“I think that as a mother, I deserve to know. And as a woman, as she says, she always talks about a woman, I am a woman, too. I think I deserve to know why my son is dead,” Smith said.
She continued in comments reported by conservative site Breitbart.
“I want her to be able to tell me what happened. I don’t believe she’s got the guts to do that. As Madeleine Albright said, there’s a special place in hell for people like her and I hope she enjoys it there.”
Clinton hasn’t yet responded to the remark, and it’s not clear whether she will.
Lately, the Democratic front-runner has stepped out of her comfort zone a bit, doing a town hall with Fox News and facing tough questions on Benghazi and her emails.
The old Hillary would have definitely avoided, but this election cycle may not allow her to do that.
In the meantime, voters can expect Trump to come up with more Liar Liar-level attacks, and why not? It hasn’t hurt him yet.
But what do you think, readers? Is the Liar Liar ad too low-brow for a presidential campaign ad, or is it effective? Sound off in the comments section.
[Image via Flickr Creative Commons/Michael Vadon]