CNN anchor John Berman said President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump takes shot at new GOP candidate in Ohio over Cleveland nickname GOP political operatives indicted over illegal campaign contribution from Russian national in 2016 On The Money — Dems dare GOP to vote for shutdown, default 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.
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.”
At a rally in Florida last night, President Trump joked after an attendee's suggestion to “shoot” migrants at the border — and it reminded @johnberman of a moment from @VeepHBO.— New Day (@NewDay) May 9, 2019
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“These moments just show that the president doesn’t have much regard for the institution,” CNN’s David Gregory commented.