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Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 22 June 2018

Six times pop culture sent up Donald Trump

Celebrities, talk show hosts and authors have all gotten into it with the president of the United States during his first year 

US president Donald Trump during his State of the Union address in Washington today: he's been in office for just over a year, and authors, talk show hosts and celebrities have not held back on voicing their opinions on him. AFP
US president Donald Trump during his State of the Union address in Washington today: he's been in office for just over a year, and authors, talk show hosts and celebrities have not held back on voicing their opinions on him. AFP

US President Donald Trump gave his first State of the Union address today, meaning it’s been just over a year since his inauguration. One thing that is for sure about Trump's presidency, is that many authors, talk show hosts and celebrities have not held back their opinions on Trump.

From political sketches to opening monologues and mean tweets, there's been no shortage of criticism of the 45th president via both television and Twitter - here are six of the most notable 'clap backs'...

On TV

1. Alec Baldwin

The Saturday Night Live cast is well known for their political satire sketches, and Trump has proven to be one of the show's key muses when it comes to caricature. Trump isn’t the first president they’ve targeted, and he certainly won’t be the last, but Alec Baldwin has particularly excelled in playing Trump. This has resulted in some hilarious skits, such as the one below, where the president is visited by the 'ghosts of scandals past':

Baldwin even won a Best Supporting Actor (Comedy Series) Emmy in 2017 for his portrayal of the president on SNL:

2. Stephen Colbert

Late night talk show hosts like Stephen Colbert are also no strangers to using Trump as prime material. Here’s a brand new monologue from The Late Show with Stephen Colbert discussing the State of the Union address (it’s already garnered more than 1.1 million views in just over 24 hours):

3. James Corden

Earlier this week at the Grammy Awards, host James Corden invited a bunch of musicians, including Cher and Snoop Dogg, to audition to narrate Michael Wolff's Fire & Fury. But the clip, that aired some of the most damning excerpts from the book, also included a cameo from Trump's 2016 campaign rival Hillary Clinton:

On Twitter

Television isn’t the only place where Trump has been called out. The president is an avid user of Twitter, and so it’s no surprise that his tweets have elicited strong responses from other prominent users.

4. Ben Stiller

Actor Ben Stiller questioned what a 'Trump Presidential Library' would look like, pointing out the president's love of talking to his constituents, and the world, in 280 characters at a time:

5. Dictionary.com

There was also the time the president caused disbelief over a tweet that suggested he didn't seem to believe in Global Warming, because of a cold snap in the US.

Trump initially tweeted this:

So Dictionary.com decided to step in to point out that it was indeed a worldwide issue (as the term itself would suggest):

6. And last, but not least, Hillary Clinton

And finally, there was the tongue-in-cheek tweet from Clinton that referenced Trump's most famous typo. Trump initially tweeted this about Clinton on June 1, 2017:

But, on May 31, Trump had also tweeted, bafflingly, “despite the constant negative press covfefe”.

So Clinton's June 1 response to Trump reminded the world of his mysterious tweet from the day before:

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