If you’ve been anywhere near the internet over the past 48 hours, you’ve likely seen clips from President Donald Trump’s brain-meltingly disastrous interview with Axios‘s Jonathan Swan.
The interview was so shocking it bordered on absurdity, with people comparing it to everything from an SNL sketch to a Daily Show-style gotcha interview to, most aptly, Veep, HBO’s sitcom about the world’s most bumbling Vice President (and later President) Selina Meyer.
Of course, someone on Twitter immediately put the interview’s most shocking moment to Veep‘s closing credits and theme and it worked perfectly—so perfectly that even Selina Meyer herself, Julia-Louis Dreyfus, had to respond.
God, I wish this was just a dumb show like ours. https://t.co/n3edLDiqiq
— Julia Louis-Dreyfus (@OfficialJLD) August 4, 2020
Julia-Louis Dreyfus speaks for all of us.
The moment of the interview that Twitter user @brendanmc84 decided to use was far and away its most shocking nadir—Trump attempting to explain, earnestly and in all seriousness, that the U.S. was among the most successful countries on earth when it comes to fighting the pandemic.
This assertion is a lie so boldfaced, by literally any measurement available, that it would be hilarious if it hadn’t resulted in the deaths of more than 150,000 Americans and climbing. That’s bad enough.
But Trump was so nonsensical—let alone inarticulate—while making it, Swan’s reactions while listening to him talk have become a meme in and of themselves.
Which Jonathan Swan are you tonight? pic.twitter.com/rJ7q3Tdjwg
— Lana Del Gay 🏳️🌈👻✨ (@McClellandShane) August 5, 2020
Disastrous interviews like this were a staple of Veep during its seven seasons on HBO, where face-plant TV appearances and tête-à-têtes with U.S. officials and world leaders were a hallmark of Selina Meyer’s career in Washington.
Sadly, Trump’s other-worldly, bizarre interview truly would feel right at home in a Veep episode, and on Twitter, folks were right there with Louis-Dreyfus.
Watching Jonathan Swan's interview with Trump felt like scripted comedy. The kind of TV you laugh at, but then comfort yourself with the notion it's so utterly ridiculous it would never happen.
— Laura Watson (@LauraWa65437530) August 4, 2020
Donald Trump makes Selina Meyer look like Abraham Lincoln.
— Ashlee Explains It All (@ash_says_what) August 4, 2020
Ditto. Love, Australia. That was painful to watch.
— Miki (@Mik18381729) August 4, 2020
This would’ve been Amy had this happened: pic.twitter.com/uiOgThAYMh
— kenny in the sack lunch bunch💫 (@kennnyroys) August 4, 2020
It wasn’t a dumb show – it was prophetic pic.twitter.com/vgS1lnwqIz
— Charu (@charuchandna) August 4, 2020
I would honestly kill for a Selena Myers word-for-word recreation of this
— Zach Warren (@zatchwarren13) August 4, 2020
OMG. I had to go out to the backyard and let out an extremely loud primal scream. It helped. My television was facing imminent death by wine bottle.
— Rebel Spy (@rebelspy4ever) August 5, 2020
Much better. Now this makes sense. https://t.co/wZ7RYjFk7U
— Oscar Nunez (@OscarNunezLA) August 5, 2020
Best episode of Veep. https://t.co/WbVHLnRCNA
— Anuvab Pal (@AnuvabPal) August 5, 2020
— Ahmad 🇨🇦 (@axabdalla) August 5, 2020
If only Trump’s interview were born of satire instead of arguably the most profound presidential failure in American history, because we could all use a good laugh right about now.