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Fans Want Kathy Bates to Play Trump on “American Horror Story”; Bates Responds

Kathy Bates can do anything. But she (probably) won’t do that.

So here’s what we know about this year’s new season of “American Horror Story” so far. The events of the season are going to begin on the night of the 2016 election, which the entire season is drawing inspiration from. Both Trump and Clinton will reportedly be represented, but don’t expect them to be characters throughout the season; in all likelihood, it’ll be a loose allegory.

Series creator Ryan Murphy recently teased:

[The new season] is about the election we just went through and what happened on that night and the fallout of that night, which to many people, from all sides of the camps is a horror story. And you know, that show is always so fun when it’s about the zeitgeist and what we’re doing now.

It starts on election night is all I’ll say. It’s very scary, that night, for many people. It’s fun, you will like it.

So if Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are at least going to make appearances in the new season, then who will be playing them? “American Horror Story” fans have expressed a desire to see series regular Kathy Bates offer up her best Trump impression, and in a new interview with The Hill, Bates addressed the humorous fantasy casting. In short, it’s likely not happening.

Bates told the site:

I know Ryan Murphy is doing something about the election. You know, my eyes popped open when he said that. No. I don’t think I’ll be playing Donald Trump. You know, I’m going to leave that to Alec Baldwin. I think he’s doing a smash job.

Season 7 begins filming in June. Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters will return.



  • Aaron Johnson

    I won’t even watch it if it’s about that. How lame! We just went through that annoying nightmare why would I want to relive it on screen in a horror version? Yuck!

    • Flu-Like Symptoms

      Exactly. The election was already a really bad horror flick that is still spawning tons of shittier sequels that no one with half a brain wants to see. I’m not a huge AHS fan, but if I was, I’d probably sit and read a book about particle acceleration while that shit was on.

    • zombie84_41

      Legit. terrible idea.

  • Bran

    Part of me wishes Clinton would have won, just to watch how horrible HER term would be. Its just disgusting. It was stupid when they had parodies of Presidents in the Transformers movies, it’ll be stupid when they have a parody of Trump or Clinton.

    • Geno1987

      Don’t you have a wall to build?

      • Meatwad

        Sure, will build it around you Geno with no door.

      • zombie84_41

        Yes i think he does but remember Geno, that money is coming out of our pockets. Is everybody ready for another depression worst the bushes. Because I’m not.

      • Bran

        I don’t believe in the wall. 40% of illegal immigrants are from expired work visas. We could reduce illegal immigration just by deporting those still working on expired visas, increase border security, and reduce the red tape around immigrants gaining citizenship. Improving our vetting procedures would also help. But, anyway… Guess I should get back to building this wall… *rolls eyes*

        • Aaron Johnson

          I was willing to give Trump the benefit of the doubt. That lasted about a week into his presidency. I cannot believe we have a president who routinely has TWITTER TANTRUMS like a pre-teen girl. It’s absolutely mortifying.

  • NOLAHorror

    How can you take something so great and well done as Murder House and Asylum, and fuck it up so badly?

    That’s the real horror story.

    • Geno1987

      Howabout taking the appeal of The Shining hotel and making it into a boring soap opera for season’s 5 Hotel.

    • zombie84_41

      Last season was rubbish. Had some good ass gore thats about it. Unless Ryans idea of last season was a whole social satitire on how shit found footage is then it worked.

  • zombie84_41

    That be funny to see in SNL but this is AHS. And what fans are these saying this ??? I’m a huge fan, (well slowly starting to lose touch though) and I think this idea is shit. I don’t know why they can’t do something really cool. Maybe if they go a THEY LIVE route maybe it might work. Other then that, get ready for another shit season. Last season the gore was great but I want more than gore. and this is coming from a gorehound.

    • Justin McGill

      I have a feeling they will be just in the background.. and MINOR.. its just SET on election night.. so I don’t see people getting upset. although I am curious what the over all story is going to actually be.

      • zombie84_41

        Ya because they can’t make a whole show just based off that. It be boring and get old quick.

  • SXiPPY

    If Hilary were a character in it, I’d want to see Annette Bening do that role.

  • lgb

    Awww but… but Kathy Bates as Trump, or a Trump analogue. That would literally be the best thing ever, come on Kathy, just do it.

  • tyler

    Rebel Wilson for Hillary!!! PLEASE! This would be the absolute best season if they’d have Rebel dressed up in those beautiful pant suits. Have her character constantly seizuring, falling down, ignoring all of her supporters, and coughing and hacking up a storm – with 2 Super Predators always at her heal. A side story could be her dealing with her extreme hatred for Needy Latinos, Christians, women, gays, and pretty much everyone else. Tobin bell would be great to have as Bill Clinton and just have his character going around raping a ton of women. To really hit the nail on the head… put the main focus of the season on Rebel (Hillary) hysterically laughing at little teenage girls for being raped and also a main focus on her inner workings and money laundering with all of the countries that rip womens’ and gays’ head off. Don’t forget to have every word that she speaks during the entire season be her screaming (literally) nothing but lies. BEST SEASON EVER!

  • Travis_Bickle

    The character could still be called The Butcher

  • DAWnofthedead 91

    Didn’t he recently backtrack and say it’s all “allegory”? Fans went crazy over that little bit of quote way too prematurely. I remember when the whole thing in Baltimore went down and people started saying that they hoped there wouldn’t be any mention of it. However, in “Freak Show,” there’s definitely commentary in there about it… however, it all felt completely natural to the series.

    Despite my feelings about the direction the programme has taken, I have faith that it won’t be as bad as everyone’s made it out to be based on past efforts.

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