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For those of you who have frequently thought that Trump’s America is comparable to the Upside Down — prepare to feel validated by the United States government.

Rep. David Cicilline of Rhode Island took the House floor on Thursday to compare the current climate of America to that of the fictional Upside Down, the creepy and demon-infested parallel universe of Netflix’s Stranger Things.


“Mr. Speaker, like the main characters in Stranger Things, we are now stuck in the Upside Down,” Cicilline began as he stood beside a large poster propped up on an easel to further illustrate his point. “Right is wrong, up is down, black is white.”

He goes on, listing a few examples of the White House’s faulty moral compass. He touches on the Muslim ban, Trump’s camaraderie with Putin and the president’s choice to spend $20 billion on a border wall while Flint, Mich. is still without clean drinking water.

“Speaker, mornings might be for coffee and contemplation, but Chief Jim Hopper is not coming to rescue us. This is not a T.V. show. This is real life,” Cicilline said, taking the words out of our mouths and assuring that we aren’t crazy for thinking along the same lines.

“We have a President unlike any we have ever known, and like Mike, Dustin, Lucas and Eleven, we must remain focused on the task at hand and hold this administration accountable so we can escape from our own version of the Upside Down,” the Congressman finished.

This is almost as good as the time Bernie Sanders used an oversized Trump tweet as a floor prop.

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Elissa Sanci is a twenty-something writer who's now a grad student studying journalism in New York because she was reluctant to start the real world. Besides drinking too much coffee and daydreaming about traveling the world, she spends most her time writing, reading and complaining about the weather. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @elissasanci. 


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