President Trump addressed local law enforcement officials in Brentwood, New York on Friday, causing an uproar when he tried to joke about police brutality.
It turns out, it’s oddly similar to an old joke Jerry Seinfeld did on the Tonight Show, as well as on a Seinfeld episode called “The Big Salad” that aired on Sept. 22, 1994.
Go ahead and compare the two.
First, here’s a line from Trump’s speech, where he encourages police officers to be rough with people they arrest:
I said, Please, don’t be too nice. Like when you guys put somebody in the car and you’re protecting their head, you know, the way you put the hand over. Like, don’t hit their head and they’ve just killed somebody, don’t hit their head. I said, You can take the hand away, OK.
Here’s the president of the United States encouraging police officers to be rough with people they arrest pic.twitter.com/iLzoUEY89e
— David Mack (@davidmackau) July 28, 2017
Now, here’s Seinfeld on the Tonight Show:
“You know what I love? Whenever you see them on TV … they put the chokehold on the guy, they beat him with the baton, they put the handcuffs on him. But when they put him in the back seat, they always put the hand on the head—you don’t want to hit your head on that metal edge. That really hurts. Careful, easy now, don’t hurt your head. Face is all swollen from the beating. But that metal edge, that really smarts.”
Regardless of where Trump got the joke, it just wasn’t funny.