Saturday Night Live just brought back its “shirtless Putin” character to roundly mock President Trump for his tiny inauguration turnout. Whereas President Obama in 2008 and 2012 turned out more than 1 million people, early estimates for Trump’s inauguration hover around 200,000.
In the clip, “Putin” congratulates Trump for his large inauguration turnout, before revealing that he’s mistaken it for today’s Women’s March, which was attended by far more people than Trump’s embarrassing fiasco.
Then, “Putin” pokes fun at Trump for going to the CIA today and telling them that 1 million people attended his inauguration, a bald-faced lie. “If you’re going to lie, don’t make it so obvious,” he suggests.
In closing, “Putin” makes a crack about how he helped Trump win the election, saying, “America, it’s going to be a long four years from many of you. Just remember, we’re in this together.”
See the clip below:
Colin Taylor is the editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.