Academy Award winner Sylvester Stallone brought President-elect Donald Trump a present over the weekend of a framed campaign article signed to “a real champ!” who delivered “the greatest knockout in history!”
— Dan Scavino Jr. (@DanScavino) December 31, 2016
The BizPac Review article, posted on Election Day, is titled “Sylvester Stallone-inspired Trump ad transcends politics; ‘Keep moving forward’ causing goosebumps!” The video ad itself was published on YouTube a couple of days before the election.
Donald Trump’s director of social media published a picture of the framed, enlarged article on Friday night.
The ad that the article discusses employs Stallone’s talk from the movie Rocky Balboa (2006) in which the fictional heavyweight champion talks to his son, who is feeling like life gave him a raw deal by being born to this kind of a famous father.
The ad picks up the monologue with the line, “Somewhere along the line you changed. You stopped being you,” after showing photos of some of America’s great accomplishments.
Tragedies that hit America appear, featuring the assassinations of John and Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr., and the civil rights demonstrations.
Against these backgrounds, Rocky says, “And when things got hard, you started looking for something to blame. Like a big shadow.”
” Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows,” he goes on, combined with images of war and the Sept. 11 attacks.
” It’s a very mean and nasty place, and I don’t care how tough you are, it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it.”
” You, me, or nobody is gon na hit as hard as life,” the fighter continues. “But it ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward; how much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done!”
Footage of previous New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani walking on the streets of New York on Sept. 11 comes on display, followed by reconstructing at ground zero.
The champion says the key is knowing who you are and not allowing others to determine you or pointing the finger to others when life does not turn out the way you really hoped.
” Now if you know what you’re worth, go out and get what you’re worth, but you got to be willing to take the hits and not point fingers saying you ain’t where you want to be because of him or her or anybody,” says Rocky. “Cowards do that and that ain’t you! You’re better than that!”
The ad culminates with candidate Donald Trump proclaiming to a huge campaign crowd– in stark contrast to the self-doubt and blaming– “We are going to make America great again!”
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