People were stunned when a bizarre letter sent by President Donald Trump to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan last week was released by the White House.
Trump was urging the Turkish President not to commit ethnic cleansing against the Kurds, whom U.S. Special Forces were protecting until Trump's abrupt military withdrawal, all but guaranteeing military aggression from Turkey against Kurds in Northern Syria.
The strange letter threatens Erdoğan with a reputation of being "the devil" and Trump promises to destroy the Turkish economy if a "good deal" is not made.
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The stunning letter led many journalist to doubt its authenticity, and the sheer ridiculousness of it made Trump's words ripe for parody.
Comedian Anthony Atamanuik jumped at the chance.
Leaked audio of @realDonaldTrump dictating his letter to Erdogan. Enjoy @heathercampbell https://t.co/zsU8FY4vHQ— Potty Basic (@Potty Basic)1571261754.0
Atamanuik's hilarious dramatic reading of the letter probably doesn't sound far from what must have been reality. He even pronounces the name of Turkey's capital, Ankara, as "Anakin."
His interpretation added some much-needed levity to the unsettling national security implications of the letter.
Anthony Atamanuik is brilliant. So delicious. https://t.co/o6qBYRDj3u— Kathy Griffin (@Kathy Griffin)1571262944.0
Absolutely hilarious. @TonyAtamanuik is amazing. Follow him, I just did.. ☺ 😂 https://t.co/JDKmbPz56j— Rob Gorski (@Rob Gorski)1571324744.0
"Don't be a tough guy ,don't be a fool " got me howling 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 https://t.co/POhcc4XRXH— PH MADE ALPHA MALE : (@PH MADE ALPHA MALE :)1571301609.0
Listen through to the end! The signature is the best part! https://t.co/xBC4VJwxk9— James Sandoval (@James Sandoval)1571330423.0
Atamanuik wasn't the only one to put forth a parody of the letter.
I present to you all, Trump's crazy letter as the Star Wars crawl https://t.co/0ayBvJIz1F— Eric Koch (@Eric Koch)1571266154.0
And we're sure to see another dramatic reading of it this weekend.
@Acosta I can't wait for the SNL sketch and dramatic reading of "the letter" to Erdogan.— Julie Farin 💻 📓 (@Julie Farin 💻 📓)1571269921.0
Anthony Atamanuik's book, American Tantrum: The Donald J. Trump Presidential Archives, is available here.
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