“Saturday Night Live” featured a lovable, albeit canine supporter of President Donald Trump. In what some observers noted actually listed some of Trump’s successful policies on a show that regularly satirizes the president. In a skit that aired on Saturday, Scarlett Johansson takes on the role of one member of a trio of scientists who are testing a device that they say can convert animal’s thoughts into words.
 
To impress the financial backers of the project, Johansson fastens a helmet device on the head of her dog Max. After some initial difficulty, Max is heard to say through the device: “Hi, I’m Max.” An otherwise impassive pug then says. “I like park and leash. And I like Trump. He’s my man.”
 
The cast in the skit reacted with horror upon hearing of the dog’s support for the president. Johansson seeks to explain that there is a malfunction in the device. The dog responds, “There’s no glitch. Donald Trump is our president.” Max says, “He carried the Electoral College fair and square.”
 
The scientists scold the dog his support of Trump, even while Max continues to provide his reasons for supporting Trump. “I know he has issues, but one big change is better than business as usual,” Max says, adding that the Dow is up 2,700 points since Election Day. “What’s not to like?” he asks the humans to laughter on the part of the audience. 
 
SNL cast member Cecily Strong, who plays one of the financial backers of the project, tells Johansson, “Your dog is a monster.”
 
When Johansson tries to gloss over the embarassment by saying that Max is just a dog who does not know what he is talking about, Max responds, “Excuse me, Helen, but yes I do.” He continues, “It’s that condescending attitude that made people want to vote for Trump in the first place.”
 
When Johansson calls Trump a racist, Max responds, “You just assume that because I’m a Trump supporter that I’m a xenophobic racist.” Johansson reminds Max that his best friend is a Chihuahua and Trump wants to deport Mexicans, Max responds, “If Aquino was born here, he has nothing to worry about. This is a nation of laws.”
 
Strong suddenly produces a gun to kill the dog, who tells everyone that they are “liberal snowflakes.” Seeking to calm the situation, Johansson intervenes. “It’s OK, Max. I love you no matter what,” Johansson says as she puts on a pink pussy hat. “We just have to learn how to respect each other’s point of view, I guess.” 
 


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Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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