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South Park's Pandemic Special rips Trump, Disney, cops

• By James Hibberd

South Park's one-hour "Pandemic Special" episode managed to mock nearly every aspect of our current moment, but reserved its perhaps most scathing rebuke for President Trump.

While many have characterized the Comedy Central series as having an increasingly libertarian or conservative bent in recent years — particularly as it's ripped into political correctness — Wednesday's episode unequivocally blasted the president for his handling of the COVID-19 crisis.

Midway through the episode, Trump (played by Mr. Garrison, who has served as the show's stand-in for Trump since season 19) is shown lounging in the Oval Office refusing to take urgent calls from the CDC, FDA and Dr. Anthony Fauci. Stan Marsh manages to get through and explains that Trump/Garrison might be able to stop the pandemic if he visits the town of South Park. The president refuses, noting that he "made a promise to the American people to get rid of all the Mexicans."