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Trump-Loving Saudi Television Show Openly Mocks Biden as Senile Old Man Who Needs Kamala’s Help

This may be the first time it's ever happened.

President Joe Biden has been critical of Saudi Arabia, something most American leaders haven’t done in ages. The Middle Eastern country has been an ally and trading partner for decades.

But after their multiple human rights violations and the country’s involvement in the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018, Biden was ready to get serious.

That hasn’t sat well with the kingdom.

Journalist Asaad Sam Hanna tweeted a clip of Saudi television, originally broadcast on MBC, or Middle East Broadcasting Center. In it, actors portraying Joe Biden and Kamala Harris play out the perception of Biden as an old fool and Harris as a sycophant.

The “president” walks out to a podium, where he points at various reporters, then begins to wander away. “Harris” grabs him and pulls him back. Then he says, “Today we’re going to talk about the crisis in Spain.” Harris whispers in his ear, and he says “Yeah, we’re gonna talk about the crisis in Africa.” She whispers one more time, and he says “Yeah, Russia, yeah, Russia.”

“And, uh, I wanna talk about the President of Russia, uh…” the character says, before leaning over for another whisper. “Putin, yeah, Putin.”

“Putin! Listen to me. I have a very important message for you. The message is,” Biden says, before beginning to snore spontaneously.

When Harris nudges him awake, Biden says “The President of China,” gets another whisper, then says “Oh we didn’t finish Russia?”

The entire sketch is indicative of cooling relations between the US and Saudi Arabia. The Kingdom has reacted poorly to Biden’s allegations, which the crown prince Mohammed bin Salman has denied.

A US intelligence report tied bin Salman directly to the murder of Khashoggi.

The sketch isn’t much in the way of comedy, but the actor playing Biden was proud. Reacting to a tweet from the right-wing site The Daily Caller, Khaled al Farraj replied, “If you like it, we can shoot Part 2.”

I don’t think that will be necessary, but we’ll see just how mad Saudi Arabia is.

Watch the clip below, courtesy of Hanna:

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