Donald Trump Is Our Cartoon President: Grade the Series Premiere

TVLine | 2/11/2018 | Ryan Schwartz
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Homer Simpson, Peter Griffin… Donald Trump?!

Showtime on Sunday introduced Our Cartoon President, which puts our current POTUS at the center of his own workplace comedy. The Trump caricature, spun-off from The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, is joined by a supporting “cast” comprised of his most-trusted advisers (sons Eric and Donald Jr.), his closest allies (Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and goblin-esque Attorney General Jeff Sessions) and whatever the heck Ted Cruz is supposed to be. Much of what’s shown in the premiere isn’t too far off from (alleged) reality: Trump begins his day flipping through channels and sipping a Diet Coke, interrupts important meetings to give his daily recap of the 2016 election, and battles Chief of Staff John Kelly, who refuses to let him get his grubby little paws on the nuclear football.

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As to be expected, Fox News is heavily lampooned. Fox & Friends gets its very own theme song (“Three white people on a couch / It’s Fox & Friends!”), while Sean Hannity’s animated counterpart insists that Russia itself doesn’t exist, and that all liberals should be drowned. The Democrats are jabbed as well, though the jokes are far more tame. For instance, during a meeting with Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi, Trump asks, “Who’s in charge of your party? Right now it seems like a bunch of seagulls fighting over a potato chip.” In Episode 2, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow gets mocked for her convoluted delivery of even the most basic news story. The show also has some fun with the recent NFL controversy. Trump fantasizes about Colin Kaepernick kneeling out of respect for a job well done at the State of the Union, while a subsequent SOTU-related nightmare features the quarterback proposing to Melania.

The inaugural episode, which was initially released online ahead of Trump’s real...
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