This 8th-Grader Perfectly Impersonated The Presidential Candidates During His Graduation Speech

"If we have an entire team of Mr. Craigs, we will win, we will win, and believe me — we will win."

In a presidential election that has flung so many curveballs our way that we barely even comprehend the game anymore, one 8th-grader managed to use it to the uproarious delight of his graduating class. 

Jack Aiello, who graduated last week from Chicago's Thomas Middle School, gave a speech at his graduation in which he delivered spot-on impersonations of presidential candidates. 

"Let me just tell you that Thomas has been a great school," the 14-year-old said, imitating Donald Trump, his hands flailing appropriately. "I mean, quite frankly, it's been fantastic."

Jack's Trump is followed by Ted Cruz, President Obama, Hillary Clinton, then Bernie Sanders. His speech was part of a school assignment to write a graduation speech for an English class. Out of all the speeches his 350 classmates wrote, Jack's was picked alongside two other students'. 

According to NBC Chicago, Jack's parents said that he has been doing impressions for a while, and is particularly interested in politics — so neither of them were surprised at the content of his speech.

"He's been doing them since he was very young — family members, teachers, he even makes up his own silly voices and he's been doing that for a very long time," his mother, Carla Aiello, told NBC Chicago. "And then with the election, he watches the news clips and he just absorbs everything."

The video of his speech has also been a hit; at the time of writing, it has racked up more than 870,000 views on YouTube.


Watch the video here:


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