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Watch This 8th-Grader Nail Presidential Impersonations in His Graduation Speech

Jack Aiello, an eighth-grader at Thomas Middle School outside Chicago, just brought some comedic relief to the upcoming presidential election! In his 8-minute graduation speech, Jack accurately and hilariously impersonates Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, President Obama, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.

The graduation ceremony took place on June 7 and Jack’s speech received a standing ovation. 

Jack has always had a love for politics and doing impressions. “Politics has been something he’s been interested in for several years,” Jack’s father, John Aiello told ABC. “He’s always been good with impressions. So, while watching along with his mom and I, he picked up phrases and mannerisms of the candidates.” 

Jack incorporated quirky school memories into the personalities of the candidates. 

“We’re learning languages from Spain, from France, from Germany and China,” said Jack during an impersonation of Trump. “You know, people say I don’t like China, I love China! I mean, I love China. I mean, I have so many terrific friends in China. But I took Spanish and let me just tell you, by the way, that it was fantastic. Muy fantastico.”

Jack and his entire graduating class of roughly 350 students were assigned the task of writing a graduation speech as an English assignment, reports NBC Chicago. Afterward, the staff and teachers at Thomas Middle School evaluated the speeches. “He was hands down number 1, because we knew it was going to speak to the kids,” said Principal Brian Kaye. 

According to Jack’s parents, Jack hopes to have a career in politics or comedy in the future. “If you were to ask him what he really wants to do, he really truly does want to be president someday,” John told NBC Chicago. “A politician or a comedian, which the lines do sometimes blur.” 

As of right now, the Aiello family is just trying to take in all the viral fame. But, we have a feeling success is definitely in Jack’s future!

Taylor is a senior at Temple University in Philadelphia. She is pursuing a major in journalism with a minor in English. Taylor is a member of Delta Zeta and she hopes to work for a magazine after college. Some of Taylor's favorite things include fashion, fitness, Harry Potter, Chipotle and Instagram. Find her on Twitter and Instagram @Tay_Carson!
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