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Francis Ford Coppola Takes Shot at Donald Trump in Letter to the New York Times

Perhaps an immigrant can solve one of the problems facing America?

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“Trump-Size Idea for a New President: Build Something Inspiring,” a recent New York Times article about one way Donald Trump might take steps toward unifying the country, has at least one prominent admirer: Francis Ford Coppola. The “Godfather” director wrote a letter to the editor to express just that — and took the opportunity to make a a subtle dig toward Trump as well.

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“I thought this article was extremely interesting and relevant, although one essential example was missing: a new power grid for the country,” begins the brief note. “With modern renewable power sources dependent on intermittent conditions (sunshine for solar, wind for turbines), an imaginative new grid would be able to store energy for limited intervals, to be available whenever and wherever needed.”

As for that dig, well, Coppola ends his letter by calling this potential power grid “a challenge we are capable of meeting with America’s technical ingenuity. Perhaps an immigrant like Nikola Tesla will help solve it.”

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The NYT helpfully clarifies that “the writer is the film director, screenwriter and producer” lest we confuse him with a different Francis Ford Coppola. Read the full page here.

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