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They said on Twitter the idea was inspired by Gene Wilder’s stumble/somersault in ‘Charlie & the Chocolate Factory.’

Everyone comparing Trump’s Superman t-shirt idea to Willy Wonka’s stunt: Gene Wilder did that somersault stunt in that first scene to teach the audience not to trust Wonka for the rest of the movie. Just putting that out there.

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The New York Times reported Saturday that President Trump floated the idea of a stunt when he left Walter Reed National Military Medical Center after treatment for COVID-19. The plan called for Trump to appear frail when people first saw him. Then he would open his button-down dress shirt and reveal a Superman t-shirt.