The entertainment world has readied the battlefield for the resistance with scripted and unscripted shows.
The latest season of television proves this point with at least 36 programs tearing Trump and the conservative movement to shreds. Comedy Central leads the charge with 6 shows directed at Trump, but ABC and CBS also have 5 shows apiece that attack the POTUS on a regular basis.
“Trump, you cheap cracker,” joked Michael Che on SNL. That’s possibly the tamest thing that was said in the past season about the President. Some of the more exclusive attacks on Trump from television include: “You can’t believe that this guy is running the country,” “Oh, my God, I am Donald Trump. Sad. Fake game!”, “shot-gun toting deplorables,” and “there are literal Nazis in the streets.”
The new series is essentially an hour’s worth of liberal propaganda and smearing the White House. In one episode, a character addresses the POTUS: “This White House is worried about globalism. Well, you know, I’m worried about our country. Mr. President, the American worker won’t support your agenda if you don’t support him.
In a twist allegedly meant to tickle the liberal agenda’s funnybone, ABC’s new comedy follows an “African-American Donald Trump.” The plot centers around a young, unknown rapper who runs for mayor of his town and accidentally wins. Needless to say, he doesn’t do a very good job being mayor. The show did not get renewed for a second season.
Anthony Anderson’s comedy turned political at one point this season when one character acts as Donald Trump and rants, “Oh, my God, I am Donald Trump. Sad. Fake game! I was cheated bigly! Her emails! Her emails! Stupid Hillary! Stupid Hillary! Put her in jail!”
Politics is no stranger to NBC’s liberal sketch comedy, but Trump is essentially the star of the show. Alec Baldwin gained an Emmy and a recurring role on the show for his impersonation of the president. With cracks made over and over again related to the POTUS (“Trump is a bitch” and a “cheap cracker”), the resistance practically lives here.
Kimmel is on a crusade to take down Trump and conservative goals on his talk show. In a recent episode, the late night host, best known for crying about the healthcare debate on air, told his audience in a monologue: “You just can’t believe that this guy is running the country.” In another episode, he told the audience Trump was like “Dracula who tells you to relax and take off your scarf, ok?”
The show created to prop up Hillary Clinton’s reputation has done just that, providing the DNC with dreams of a Clinton presidency. This season created the never-Trumper’s daydream: impeachment. In an episode called “Sound and Fury,” a character argues “But even if the Russians are cowed, the president is still a wild card. And we will end up going from crisis to crisis, and eventually there’ll be a disaster.” In the course of the episode, the president is removed from office.
While this series is the first in the Star Trek canon to embrace atheist principles, it also finds time to poke at Trump specifically through the Klingons. Executive producer Aaron Harberts told Rolling Stone that the “Trump phenomenon was front and center in our minds” in creating the new series.
A Klingon leader, one of the villains of the show, tries to position his people against Starfleet’s mission for multiculturalism. His slogan, “Remain Klingon,” is interpreted by Business Insider as “Make Klingons Great Again!”
Jeremy Piven’s series may have been cancelled by CBS (after sex assault allegations) but the first 13 episodes were aired, with their slimy comments about conservatives (“they’re not a bunch of shotgun toting deplorables”) and cliched Trump insults (“Why don’t you bring the head Cheeto down right now?”).
With guests on this show like Nancy Pelosi saying that Trump is “worse than Darth Vader,” it’s hard to find anything non-political these days after midnight on CBS.
By far the strongest cannon in the liberal entertainment resistance, the Late Show’s host, Stephen Colbert, makes such jokes as “Sir, they're not [bleep] Hole country. For one, Donald Trump isn't their President.” But that’s every day for Colbert’s show.
Part of the plot of an episode in the re-booted series involved a Russian “private contractor” who had “ascendancy over the FBI under classified security directive...from the Executive Branch.”
A reboot of the ‘90s sitcom promised resistance and rants. It certainly did not fail to deliver. With such dialogue as, “The nutjobs that we protected the last president from are this guy’s biggest supporters,” and one character in the White House yelling that “Rules don’t mean anything in this place anymore,” the resistance has never sounded more stale.
This sitcom about a television producer at a cable news network uses the President to make arguments for PC culture. Thanks to President Trump, “There are literal Nazis in the street.” Also, for whatever reason, “The President just asked Congress to fund something called Bitch Jail.”
“It’s as clear as ever that Donald Trump is a racist,” Meyers told his audience. With all of the standard monologues based on Trump’s every move, it seems evident that Meyers has no plan to shift from the apparent standard in late night comedy.
By far the least likely offender on this list, Fallon has weakly attempted to step up his Trump bashing game in order to please the resistance in the audience. Some of his more recent aims have included dressing up as James Taylor to sing about “Fire and Fury.” But he still can’t seem to get past the stale “tiny hands” jokes.
The HBO talk show has centered on Trump almost completely, leaving little or no room for anything else. Oliver’s season finale analyzed all of Trump’s “responses to disaster” and deemed him guilty of delegitimizing the media, whataboutism, and trolling.
One of the original anti-conservative talk shows, Bill Maher uses vulgarity, blasphemy, and cliched lines to show the resistance how ready he is to take down Trump at all costs. “Trump can order the destruction of the entire known universe,” the comedian joked to his audience.
“President Donald Trump is attacking us in every way imaginable,” Samantha Bee raved on her Halloween episode this year. From Clinton fantasies to her shock that the Kurds actually like Trump, this show is true blue. Bee is trying to be the queen of the resistance, but she’s held back by her own lack of humor.
The Trump resort, Mar-A-Lago, is seen as a “meeting ground for corporate overlords,” and the “owner” of the resort is called a “buffoon.”
Even though the writers of South Park promised no more Trump, they’ve given the public too much. In one episode, Trump is portrayed as a leader who raped a “worker with ties to Russia” to death. He asks Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell, and Mike Pence to “put a positive spin on it.”
Comedy Central made no attempt to disguise its contempt for the POTUS, and Ilana Glazer’s foul-mouthed attack on anything outside the liberal box was just part of the plan. From blaming Trump for a “lack of orgasms” to calling Florida “a white supremacist’s wet dream,” this is comedy for never-Trumpers. Instead of bleeping out the vulgar language, the show bleeps out Trump’s name.
Yet again, Comedy Central jabs at Trump with the scripted weapon of satire, this time, with a spinoff from Trevor Noah’s The Daily Show. Jordan Klepper plays a conservative version of himself, much like Colbert did on the Colbert Report. Instead of basing his approach on people like Bill O’Reilly, Klepper is sourcing his act from “alt-right” figures such as Alex Jones and Steve Bannon. With ridiculous defenses of Trump meant to ridicule the president, this one fits right in with the rest of Comedy Central’s lineup.
The President Show
Trump impersonator Anthony Atamanuik is bringing new material to the Trump entertainment scene. In the past season, he has portrayed Trump as fighting with Melania, referring to her as “that bitch,” and has a segment where he deems things as “nice” or “not nice,” and calling the press a “hate group.”
Yet another talk show, yet another Comedy Central anti-Trump show, aimed at making sure the public is aware of just how awful liberals view Trump to be. “I’m just saying, the new president’s a shit,” Jefferies said to guest Rob Reiner.
This is the sixth show in the Comedy Central lineup to attack Trump. Claiming to be “factually accurate,” Trevor Noah and his cast constantly jab at the POTUS, saying that his “dictator blood keeps him alive.”
Melania is going to file for divorce, and Mike Pence is too afraid to have dinner with the main characters, according to them. It’s all just a part of the persistent wearing away of any respect that might have been held by this show’s audience towards conservatives.
In a battle that pits Trump supporter against Hillary supporter, the Trump supporter is always wrong. “Facts and truth mean nothing if our leader is an idiot. … I have been through hell these past two years. But so has our country,” whines the Clinton supporter in the season finale.
Trump made up voter fraud, Trump is a “lying bucket of dicks,” and Sarah Huckabee Sanders is “a proper trollop.” Whatever the episode and whatever the topic, Handler managed to focus her unhinged barrage of insults at the White House. While this series came to its end, Netflix is still making sure it has some remnants of resistance.
David Letterman’s return to hosting a talk show follows the typical protocol: have the most liberal guests on for a whole hour saying standard liberal things. His first guest was Barack Obama, who offered his opinion on Trump.
The second season of the Amazon series starts out with a character attributing a character’s racism to the fact that Trump was elected. Vicky, a Vietnamese woman at a Civil War reenactment, lashes out at someone else, “You did nothing to stop a racist bully from becoming president?”
The episode also includes an idea to move to New Zealand to escape Trump. In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Tig Notaro, the creator and star of the show, said the show would address Trump, racism, and controversial sexuality because “it still felt like it would be irresponsible to not touch on issues that are going on and that have been going on, rather than just paint Mississippi and life as this beautiful picture always.”
An evil dictator, mimicking Trumpian rhetoric, urges citizens to “kill all others.” Those opposing the leader have “anti-establishment sentiment.” Just one more fantasy Hollywood enjoys providing for people who have no footing in reality.
Sarah Silverman’s failed attempt to be bipartisan on her show resulted in an episode long reflection on the 2016 elections, peppered with several cheap shots. Trump is “hard-headed,” inspires “overwhelming survival-based fear,” and brings “hate and division.”
This is the third season of the Hulu series, and among the long list of political positions taken in the series, the season so far has displayed Vice President Pence’s seal as a swastika, a character flaunting a “Make America Straight Again” baseball cap, and several swipes at Trump and conservatives throughout the season.
Slamming Trump taxes and “Make America Great Again” in the premiere, Showtime’s new drama about the Chicago South Side promises to drive conservative viewers away.
The Bold Type
The Freeform drama spent an entire episode this season mocking Trump, with characters whining about him leaving New York City and going to live in Mar-a-Lago, and a character who joined a loud anti-Trump protest.