Did you realize the post was a joke right away, or did it take you awhile?
That’s the thing about the excerpt. Because we’re already familiar with how unhinged Donald Trump has been on some occasions, the gorilla TV story reads like something that actually could have happened — up to a point, of course.
Trump saying he wanted to watch "the gorilla channel"? Yeah. That is 100 percent something that could have happened in real life.
“He probably just wants to watch Planet Earth,” people might think at that point.
The fact that his staff bent over backward to make “the gorilla channel” a thing? Yeah. We already know that they’re forced to do a bunch of bending over backward in order to keep him happy.
As this Twitter user points out, it’s not until the third paragraph that things really start to cross over into unbelievable territory. Trump couldn’t possibly watch 17 hours of gorillas each day. When would he watch his beloved Fox News?
This Twitter user took slightly longer to realize the excerpt was a joke.
And honestly, that says more about Donald Trump than it does about anyone reading the gorilla TV story. The very fact that some people fell for the fake excerpt shows that most of us have already sort of just accepted that things are crazy and nothing makes sense anymore.
Well done, @pixelatedboat! Well done.
Thankfully, this gorilla story is not true.
I mean, the rest of the bonkers Trump stories are true, but doesn’t it feel good to know that at least one of them is completely made-up?
For once, there's a story coming out of the White House that doesn't make us shake our heads and fear for society. And that's a pretty good feeling.
This time, we’re not living in an alternate universe where everything is terrible.
We’re just living in an alternate universe where most things are terrible. Whew!
Anyway, here’s hoping this bit of parody doesn’t somehow actually turn out to be true. Oh man. Please, universe. Don’t let that happen.