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It’s been 365 days since President Trump transitioned from being a punch line to a reality. And what a cold, dense, never-ending year it’s been for many. In that time, while we've been stuffing ourselves with whatever media comfort food we need, the pop culture landscape has become a bleak, regressive place, in terms of both hard news and satirical critiques of these real-world calamities we've been presented with.

Here are 10 inescapable phenomena we can blame on Trump and every single failure and catastrophe — political and otherwise — that led to his victory. Shout-out to the longest year in modern history. Next year will probably be worse.


4. More Alec Baldwin
Alec Baldwin is going to win all the Emmys for playing Trump on SNL, isn’t he? He's going to be playing Trump until he dies, won't he? That's too bad, considering he's a garbage guy himself. We really need less Baldwins in our feed. His glib, hateful cocktail of condescension and hypocrisy seems more similar to Trump than any sort of satirical hero he's being made out to be.


3. More raving late-night TV Hosts
We have way too many Daily Show alumni and the like who want it both ways. They want to make “covfefe” and “Trump is gay” jokes but they also want to pretend they're progressive, even though those two things seem irreconcilable. Late-night TV is now crowded with Jordan Kleppers, Samantha Bees and people who think “Drumpf!” is a “game changer,” and now Jimmy Kimmel is suddenly doing some performative woke routine (which there's no way he can keep up forever). Kimmel is getting record numbers, as are many of his peers. Our misery is good for business. Meanwhile, hosts like Bee are chasing ratings with absurdly bad gimmicks such as a têtê-à-têtê with Glenn Beck. That's a bad look.
2. Verrit
Does anyone remember Verrit, the world’s best accidental meme generator? If not, good for you. The concept was that it was some sort of combination of social media, Bitcoin and pull quotes conceived by noted fan of failure and former house maestro Peter Daou. Verrit was a great accidental laugh for the first 48 hours, and then it, like its benefactor, receded into the ether once the shock of how truly bizarre and childish this idea was wore off.