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The Internet Is Delighting Over the Idea of Trump’s “Gorilla TV” Channel

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After a flurry of internet excitement, fueled largely by an attempt by Donald Trump to ban the book, the publisher of Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House moved the book’s release up from next week to today. Prior to its official release, though, leaked pages were floating around Twitter and they were horrifying, ranging from accounts of Trump’s deteriorating mental facilities to the details of a cruel Mean Girls-style game in which he seduces the wives of his friends and colleagues.

And then there was this:

Keep in mind, this is the same Twitter account that introduced the term “milkshake duck” into our national discourse.

The idea of Trump’s “Gorilla Channel” is both hilarious and depressingly believable.

As it turns out, though, the idea is so believable that a whole lot of people actually did buy that this was a real page from Wolff’s book.

People like Gavin McInnes, founder of the Proud Boys and frequent spouter of transphobic, xenophobic, white nationalist bullshit.

Also, “game theory” Twitter figurehead Eric Garland.

It’s pretty easy to fall for fake news stories and hastily retweet misinformation on Twitter. But when that information relates to the president believing the gorillas on his television set can hear him, well, who do we judge more? The ostensible analysts who fell for it…

Or the man who made the story far too easy to believe?

Tough call.

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Vivian Kane (she/her) is the Senior News Editor at The Mary Sue, where she's been writing about politics and entertainment (and all the ways in which the two overlap) since the dark days of late 2016. Born in San Francisco and radicalized in Los Angeles, she now lives in Kansas City, Missouri, where she gets to put her MFA to use covering the local theatre scene. She is the co-owner of The Pitch, Kansas City’s alt news and culture magazine, alongside her husband, Brock Wilbur, with whom she also shares many cats.