CNN anchor John Berman said President TrumpDonald John TrumpSarah Huckabee Sanders becomes Fox News contributor The US-Iranian scuffle over a ship is a sideshow to events in the Gulf South Korea: US, North Korea to resume nuclear talks 'soon' MORE's joke during a Wednesday night rally in response to an audience member who shouted that immigrants should be shot was indistinguishable from a joke on HBO’s “Veep.”

“Veep was shot months ago and there’s almost no discernible difference,” Berman added.

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At the Trump rally in Panama City Beach, Fla., an audience member yelled "shoot them" when Trump rhetorically asked how you could stop people illegally crossing the border. 

The audience cheered at the remark while Trump smiled and shook his head. 

“That’s only in the Panhandle you can get away with that statement,” Trump joked. “Only in the Panhandle.”

Berman compared the clip from Trump’s Wednesday rally to a moment on the HBO comedy in which Jonah Ryan, a Trump-like character running for president who is played by Timothy Simons, blames disease outbreaks on immigrants, prompting an audience member to shout, “Kill them!”

The Ryan character briefly agrees before adding “Well, we don’t have to kill all of them. I mean there are some good immigrants, [like] Beyoncé.”

 

“These moments just show that the president doesn’t have much regard for the institution,” CNN’s David Gregory commented.