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John McLaughlin (March 29, 1927 – August 16, 2016) was an American television personality and political commentator. He created, produced, and hosted the political commentary series The McLaughlin Group. He also hosted and produced John McLaughlin's One on One which ran from 1984 to 2013.

McLaughlin portrayed as himself in Independence Day and appears in The McLaughlin Group speaking about the ineffectual leadership of President Thomas J. Whitmore and questioning his commentators, Morton Kondracke and Eleanor Clift: "President Whitmore's approval ratings have slipped below 40%. Even his Crime Bill failed to pass. Are the salad days over for President Whitmore?" After the arrival of the aliens, McLaughlin questioned Whitmore's decision to stay at the White House: "The visitors have arrived but the President has remained at the White House. Question: are Mr. Whitmore's actions a) ultra brave, or b) foolhardy?"

John McLaughlin portrayed as himself again in an exclusive deleted scene from Independence Day: Resurgence, "McLaughlin Group Discusses the ESD". It was revealed that McLaughlin escaped from the destruction of Washington, D.C. at the last moment of his broadcast. After the War of 1996, McLaughlin continued to host The McLaughlin Group and debated with Eleanor Clift, Pat Buchanan, Tom Rogan and Clarence Page on whether the United States should continue to be a member of the Earth Space Defense. McLaughlin also brought the issue of whether the potential for another alien attack makes urban living a more or less dangerous prospect.[1]

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