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Trump Inauguration as 'Twilight Zone' Television Listing Goes Viral

Offering a glimpse into how the international community perceives the pending inauguration of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, a Scottish newspaper’s satirical take on the event, which it casts as a return episode of the “The Twilight Zone,” has gone viral in recent days.

Amid the weekly television listings published Sunday, The Herald writer Damien Love described the Trump presidency as an “ambitious, expensive…interactive virtual reality project, which will unfold on TV, in the press, and on Twitter over the next four years.”

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“The story begins in a nightmarish version of 2017 in which huge sections of the US electorate have somehow been duped into voting to make Donald Trump president,” Love writes, noting that the production offers “a disturbing glimpse of the horrors we could stumble into, if we’re not careful.”

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That take on Friday’s U.S. presidential inauguration had readers worldwide “in stitches,” the newspaper later observed, as the listing won scores of accolades and appeared on the list of items trending on Twitter in the United States that following day.

Singer and activist Billy Bragg described the listing as “brilliant,” while Twitter user Scott Wryn wrote: “The award for trolliest TV Guide listing ever goes to Scotland’s Sunday Herald….brilliant!!! Unfortunately now Trump will invade Scotland.”

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For many progressives and organizers concerned about the impact of the incoming administration, the note provided some much-needed comic relief for times “when truth is stranger than fiction,” as one put it. 

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