Actress who played Lucille Bluth explains why the Trump family is ‘Arrested Development’ IRL

Arrested Development's well-endowed Bluth Family is a little bit like another famous American clan.
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Remember the Bluths?

They were the comically entitled clan from Arrested Development with a real estate empire and out-of-touch family members vying for money and power.

Lucille Bluth, the shopping-addicted matriarch with a martini, was played by actress Jessica Walter. And Walter thinks there’s another well-known American family that’s just like the Bluths with one teensy difference.

“Theyre both real estate moguls, tycoons, and businesspeople, she said of the Bluths and the Trumps during an interview with The Daily Beast.

“But the Bluths were really smart well, smarter than the Trumps,” she said. “Although thats just my opinion…”

Throughout Arrested Development, different members of the dysfunctional Bluth family try to insert themselves into the corporation founded by their father, a real estate tycoon with a penchant for brash talk and questionable ethics.

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With the exception of lead character Michael Bluth, a brother seen as the sole voice of reason, the children and even mother Lucille mostly carry on dysfunctional lives and leach off the company’s ill-earned success.

So, inevitably, members of the Bluth Family sometimes find themselves in the middle of their father’s dealings, even when they’re not really part of the company.

Back in 2013, Arrested Development did an episode that might seem eerily familiar to people who survived our last presidential election.

On Arrested Development, if you talk about being ahead of the curve, way back we talked about a wall between Mexico and the U.S. years before anyone even had an idea about building a wall, Walter said.

In that episode, George Bluth (basically the Donald Trump of the Bluths) steals the plan to build a U.S.-Mexico border wall on a government contract from his rival, Stan Sitwell.

Ah, sometimes the truth is just stranger (and really worse) than fiction.

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