"It's 3 a.m. and the phone's ringing in the White House. Who do you want answering that call?"
Sound familiar? Those Americans who, defying the rhythms and practices of the current mainstream news business, still retain the ability to recall events in recent U.S. history, may remember this Hillary Clinton campaign ad from 2008 that opens with a similar setup.
But that's not the ad we're looking at here. Instead, the persistently feisty minds behind "The Simpsons" have come up with this timely spoof for the 2016 election cycle featuring the show's regular cast of characters along with past and aspiring occupants of the White House Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.
Though the long-running cartoon's creators sass the Clintons a bit in this clip, it's safe to say that this satirical campaign ad chooses sides. It's also clear that it isn't just aimed at animated voters in the fictional town of Springfield, and that the parody is intended to function in a cautionary capacity regarding Trump's candidacy.
It should come as no surprise, then, that Trump is pictured already up at 3 a.m. as the emergency call comes in, busily hate-tweeting about Elizabeth Warren. He's also barking orders to his staffers: "Oh -- and put my name on the Lincoln Memorial, make Chris Christie eat a worm just for laughs, disband NATO and make me some scrambled eggs on a gold plate."
But when it's go time, this Trump falters, as there are a few action items (read: personal grooming) that take priority even over an urgent summons to the White House Situation Room.
Cue the "Simpsons" boycotts by angry Trump supporters in three, two, one. ...
Watch the clip in full below (via YouTube):
--Posted by Kasia Anderson