In an opinion piece for The Guardian, writer Mary Valle was even more direct in drawing a line between the clown hysteria and President Trump. "[His] dark undertow is pulling other killer clowns out of the shadows. Emboldened, they walk the streets, bearing the possibility that we, as a nation, may be stepping off a cliff of denial into a valley of hatred, fear and fascism."
That seems to go hand-in-hand with what we see of Evan Peters's character in the trailer. Emboldened by Trump's win, he jumps from his couch in celebration and mock-humps his television screen. Later, in a conversation with Billie Lourd – who looks to be indoctrinated into whatever ideology Peters is crafting – he says this notable line: "If you get people scared enough, they will set the world on fire." Will his character use the fear inflicted by Trump to prey on those made nervous by political upheaval?