The recent graduation speech of Jack Aiello, a Chicago eighth-grader, included impersonations of several presidential candidates, including Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, and has now gone viral across the web.
All 350 graduating students at Thomas Middle School in Arlington Heights, Illinois, where were asked to write a graduation speech, and Aiello's easily won, WMAQ-TV reported
Once the speech was posted to YouTube this week, it quickly spread through social media. By using campaign rhetoric to describe classes and events at the school, Aiello quickly won over the audience.
Thomas's principal, Brian Kaye, told the television station that while three finalists were selected, Aiello's speech stood out.
"He was hands down No. 1 because it was going to speak to the kids," Kaye told WMAQ-TV.
Aiello opened with an impersonation of Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, and followed with takes on U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, President Barack Obama, presumptive Democratic nominee Clinton, and U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders.
"We're learning languages from Spain, from France, from Germany and China," Aiello said in the Trump portion of the speech. "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."
Aiello continued all the way though a Sanders impression, noted The Huffington Post
"Let me start with the lunches, they are delicious," Aiello said in the Sanders portion of his speech. "I do have one improvement for them though, we need to make them free."
Father John Aiello told ABC News
that his son has always been good with impressions and while watching the political coverage with him and his wife, started to pick up the phrases and mannerisms of the candidates.
"Politics has been something he's been interested in for several years," John Aiello said. "He started with impressions of his parents of course. He then moved on to teachers at school and it developed to the point where he's very good at picking up mannerisms and tones."
Jack Aiello even won an endorsement from Cruz, who responded to the speech on Twitter Thursday.
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