How far down the path of farce and hyperbole are diehard Donald Trump supporters willing to follow him?
Pretty damn far.
Robert Smigel’s foul-mouthed puppet Triumph the Insult Comic Dog puts the loyalty of a pro-Trump focus group to the test in a new promo spot for his Summer Election Special on Hulu. The unsuspecting subjects watch what they think are new Trump television ads, and viewers can only gawk and cringe as the poor suckers agree wholeheartedly with increasingly outlandish policy proposals.
They nod blithely as a Trump impersonator suggests stocking women’s restrooms with firearms vending machines to defend against transgender people. A plan to equip the entire nation of Mexico with shock collars begs but a moment’s hesitation before triggering some blatant racism.
Back in February, Triumph teamed up with Funny or Die to lampoon college students ("If you break up the big banks, how will you access your parents’ money?") and Republican primary voters ("Judeo-Christian values -- especially Christian.") This latest special includes footage recorded at both national conventions, made with backstage access granted by the use of a Roger Ailes impersonator. Triumph’s Debbie Wasserman Schultz impersonation is less believable, but requires 100% more macaroni.
Smigel isn’t the first comedian to despair while plumbing the depths of pro-Trump misinformation. In March, Samantha Bee made a valiant but futile attempt to comprehend some young Trump supporters. Maybe ignorance really is bliss.