15:52 GMT16 January 2021
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    Since Donald Trump announced his presidential campaign and subsequently won the 2016 election, the US media hasn’t been mincing words when describing the businessman-turned-politician. They have compared him to Richard Nixon, predicting his removal from office, and even to Adolf Hitler.

    Recent developments surrounding Trump's conversation with the Ukrainian president have fuelled criticism of him. The New York Times posted a Star Wars-themed video comparing Trump to… Darth Vader.

    ​But unlike the last movie of the saga, which received praise from both movie critics and fans, this version of Star Wars flopped.

    Social media users were taken aback by the post, doubting that the video was made by The New York times.

    ​The two-minute video, which features the signature opening crawl, starts with “a long time coming from a White House far, far from reality and tells about the Empire – Trump and his allies – destroying the country’s moral norms".

    ​The authors of the video apparently compare Nancy Pelosi’s decision to launch an impeachment inquiry against Trump to Princess Leia, who races home with stolen plans that could save her people and restore freedom to the galaxy.

    Netizens responded with Star Wars-themed gifs and memes.

    ​Still others were very explicit in showing their anger with the newspaper.

    ​One may wonder: if The New York Times sees Trump as Darth Vader and Nancy Pelosi as Princess Leia - then who is Chewbacca, R2-D2, and Jabba the Hut?

    Nancy Pelosi launched an impeachment inquiry against President Trump over allegations that he pressured Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to damage his political rival, Democrat Joe Biden. Biden’s son was on the board of the gas company Burisma, owned by a Ukrainian oligarch. The firm was investigated for corruption. Donald Trump admits that he discussed Joe Biden with the Ukrainian president, but denies that he tried to pressure him. The White House has released a transcript of the conversation.

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    Nancy Pelosi, Star Wars, The New York Times, impeachment, Joe Biden, Hunter Biden, Donald Trump
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