It's the Dallas Bobby Ewing in the Shower Syndrome, Melania!
“Donald? … Donald?! … Oh my god, Donald!!!"
“What are you doing in the shower?!!”
“Washing my enormous girth, what else?”
“But you’re supposed to be at the White House, not the shower at Trump Tower!”
“What are you talking about?”
“If you’re here at Trump Tower, who’s polarizing the country? Who’s tweeting about fake news? Who’s destroying democracy as we know it?”
“Melania, who do you think I am? President of the United States?”
“Of course you are! And I’m First Lady, no matter what Ivana says.”
“Melania, Crooked Hillary creamed me in the election last year. I finished fourth, behind Jill Stein and Gary Johnson."
“That can't be! You've been President for a year!"
“I think I get it now.”
“In the 80’s on a TV show called Dallas actor Patrick Duffy playing a character named Bobby Ewing wanted to leave the show. So Ewing was killed off at the end of the season."
“Next year Duffy wanted to come back. In that season's first episode Bobby Ewing reappeared fully alive and fully unclothed in the shower in front of the actress playing his wife, and Dallas wrote off the entire prior season as a year-long dream by the wife!”
“That's a terrible cheat on the audience.”
“You're not kidding. And it's happening all over again, right down to the naked man in the shower. Although this time the naked man is Trump!"
“I’ve had a year-long dream?”
“Yes. Not that I was dead, but that I was President of the United States!”
“Of course not! Once I stopped Putin from meddling in the election, I had no chance.”
"You didn’t put through a huge tax cut for the rich?”
“Why would I do something that sleazy to the American people?”
“You haven’t called Kim Jong Un ‘Rocket Man?’”
“That would be hugely irresponsible. It could touch off nuclear conflagration!”
“You haven’t bragged about how you can grab women’s pussies whenever you want?”
“Well … maybe that one.”
“I dreamt all that?”
“Of course you did. Nobody could act that way as President and not be impeached.”
“Do you think the Republican Party could possibly be such a bunch of spineless wimps as to allow anyone behaving like that to remain President!”
“Yet it all seemed so real … so real.”
“None of that ever happened, Melania.”
“Donald, if it was all a dream, what have you actually been doing this past year?”
“Going bankrupt. As usual.”
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