Donald Trump vs Hillary Clinton is the sixty-fifth installment of Epic Rap Battles of History and the seventh episode of Season 5. It features American business magnate and Republican 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump, rapping against former U.S. Secretary of State and Democratic presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton, along with a surprise entry from the 16th President of the United States and previous ERB participant, Abe Lincoln. It was released on October 26th, 2016.
This video is currently the most viewed ERB video on the first day of release, with the YouTube statistics putting the view count as 5.3 million views.
It also has the most dislikes in ERB's history with 100,000 (as of Febuary 9), beating Bruce Banner vs Bruce Jenner. However, the latter still has a larger dislike-to-like ratio.
On Lloyd's podcast with Ray William Johnson, Kings of Influence, Lloyd addressed one of the more frequent criticisms of the battle: Lincoln's portrayal, specifically his decision to slap Trump twice and not slap Clinton. This was done because they believe that he would never purposefully hit a woman, and that he would be repulsed by what the Republican Party has become.
One of the writers for this battle was Mat4yo, who is one of the crew members for a fanmade ERB tribute series called Epic Rap Battle Parodies.
The alternate beat for Mat4yo's scrapped writing could be heard in the portion of the Behind the Scenes video where Nice Peter and EpicLLOYD discussed the initial draft for the battle, describing the beat as a "demented circus."
If King Henry VIII vs Hillary Clinton is counted, it would also be the first battle to feature three returning title rappers and the first battle where all rappers were pitted against another known opponent.
This the only battle where Trump doesn’t rap first.
Hillary Clinton's title card appears to be slightly slanted, likely referencing Donald Trump's nickname for her, "Crooked Hillary."
At 0:34, Clinton wears a cap that says "Make Donald Drumpf Again," a reference to the February 28th, 2016, episode of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, which discussed one of Trump's ancestors changing his surname from Drumpf to Trump. The cap and the slogan themselves are a parody of the Trump campaign's merchandise and its slogan.
In addition, the background shows Clinton pointing at a map with Pakistan highlighted that shifts to Iran, which is a reference to a running gag on Last Week Tonight where John Oliver would have a map with a country highlighted while saying "[Country], a country you think about so little that you didn't even realise that this isn't [country], this is," and proceeding to alter the map accordingly.
After the line, "Mutha fucka, I fire bin Laden!", Clinton starts coughing, referencing her severe coughing fits during the end of her campaign.
During the line, "Bad bitch on the scene like Murder, She Wrote," Clinton did the dance movement "the dab". This is a reference to the time she appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and did the dab, which was mocked by the public for Clinton failing to appeal to the younger voters. Trump also dabs later in the video during the line, "Dip it in gold and make Mexico pay for it all!"
Barack Obama vs Mitt Romney is referenced multiple times during Lincoln's verse due to this battle being its spiritual sequel:
Lincoln makes a third-party appearance flying underneath an eagle.
All three rappers are seen in a forest during the final verse.
Lincoln mentions that this battle is a sequel.
Lincoln slaps a title rapper before flying away.
Lincoln's final line is almost exactly the same.
Lincoln's verse starts and ends with the eagle cawing.
Throughout the battle, the makeup applied to EpicLLOYD to achieve Trump's tan rubs off on the collar of his shirt.
Trump starts his verse by buttoning his jacket, but he raps the rest of the verse with it unbuttoned.
During the line, "This will be just like '08 when you fail," the inner corners of the Trumps on the sides' shirt are keyed out with the green screen.
At 2:16, part of the chair that Clinton sits on is keyed out.
During the outro, TheSeriousShow's suggestion appears twice.
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