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‘The Simpsons’ pokes fun at Trump’s feud with ‘the squad’

“The Simpsons” lampooned President Trump’s ongoing war of words with the four progressive freshman congresswomen known as “the squad” in a short clip released Tuesday.

In the 90-second video, titled “West Wing Story,” Trump announces his intention to use attacks on Democratic Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.), Ayanna Pressley (Mass.), Ilhan Omar (Minn.) and Rashida Tlaib (Mich.) as a “distraction” from economic instability amid the ongoing trade war with China.

{mosads}The four emerge from a framed photo and sing back and forth with the president to the tune of “America” from Stephen Sondheim and Leonard Bernstein’s “West Side Story,” saying, “We’re more American than your wife.”

Trump replies, “She’s not a big presence in my life.”

The squad then sings in unison over him:

“You’re Boris Johnson without the class.
Can’t wait to see you behind prison glass.
Your nose is right up Putin’s ass.
We say it’s time to impeach you fast.”

Trump sparked a firestorm last month after tweeting that the four lawmakers, all women of color, should “go back to” where they came from. All four are U.S. citizens and all but Omar were born in the U.S. 

The president ramped up the feud this month when he called for Tlaib and Omar, the first two Muslim women elected to Congress, to be banned from visiting Israel over their past criticism of the nation. Israel announced that the two would be blocked from entering just minutes after Trump issued the call.

The “Simpsons” short also includes animated depictions of several Democratic presidential candidates, including former Vice President Joe Biden and Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.).

The producers of the animated sitcom have released several previous shorts mocking Trump, and during and after the 2016 election a clip went viral from a 2000 episode in which a vision of the future depicts Lisa, now president, referring to inheriting “quite the budget crunch from President Trump.”

Tags Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Ayanna Pressley Bernie Sanders Cory Booker Donald Trump Elizabeth Warren Ilhan Omar Joe Biden Kamala Harris Rashida Tlaib

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