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'Gorilla Channel' Spoof Fools Some Anti-Trumpers, Cracks Everyone Else Up

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We’re less than a week into the new year but we already have a contender for the funniest political spoof of 2018 — and the best part is, scores of anti-Trumpers fell for the gag, including an MSNBC contributor and a self-described “strategic intelligence analyst.”

The jokester @pixelatedboat tweeted a passage from Fire and Ice, Michael Wolff’s seedy and unreliable tell-all book, on Thursday, featuring President Trump insisting on having a “gorilla channel” in the White House and watching it for up to 17 hours a day.

It’s a hoot:

The fake vignette hit Twitter just as frenzied MSM journalists were deliriously tweeting embarrassing excerpts from Fire and Fury in hopes of damaging the president. Unsurprisingly, a number of them bit.

@pixelatedboat eventually had to change his Twitter handle to “the gorilla channel thing was a joke” because so many Trump-haters were taking his preposterous story seriously.

Scott Dworkin, an MSNBC contributor and co-founder of the Democratic Coalition against Trump, circulated the anecdote mocking Trump but deleted it when he realized it was a joke. According to his Twitter bio, Dworkin helps lead “the Resistance,” is an “Obama alum,” and is a Democrat strategist. He also claims to have helped uncover the #TrumpRussia scandal.

Another thing he’s helped uncover? #GorillaGate!

To save face, he claimed he knew it was a joke all along.

https://twitter.com/frum_reaganite/status/949297556672131072

Next up is “Strategic Intelligence Analyst” Eric Garland, who likes to peddle conspiracy theories about Trump colluding with Russia, but in fact can’t analyze his way out of a paper bag.

At least Garland was a stand-up guy and admitted he was punked.

How bad must your Trump-Derangement Syndrome be for you to believe that the president kneels in front of the TV — four inches from the screen — for up to 17 hours a day to watch fighting gorillas?

https://twitter.com/cdelbrocco/status/949106248506634240

Lots of other Twitter users suffering from Trump Derangement Syndrome fell for the gag, many of whom deleted their tweets when they realized their mistake.

In an odd twist, Netflix entered the fray to plead with people to stop calling them and asking for the Gorilla Channel.

Vice created a Gorilla Channel, but it doesn’t feature fighting gorillas, so it failed to serve its purpose.

Esquire did better.

Of course, some notorious Twitter personalities had to weigh in on the matter as well:

This Weekly Standard reporter had the best take of all: