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Jimmy Kimmel and his sidekick Guillermo celebrated Cinco de Mayo yesterday. Guillermo sensibly marked the Mexican holiday with a bottle of Don Julio tequila and a plate of tacos -- while Kimmel tortured himself by recalling the idiotic "Trump Tower taco bowl" tweet that his nemesis posted on May 5, 2016. That was just before, as Jimmy says, our country "began cincoing into the abyss."

So appalled is he that Kimmel even rewrites a stupid Trump tweet into one that expresses appropriate emotion. Fat chance.

Kimmel also followed Trump on his visit to a face-mask manufacturing floor, where the president went mask-less himself as the public address system blared Live and Let Die. It was a macabre moment that perfectly captured the meaning of Trump's regime.

Nor is Kimmel charmed by Chris Christie, the former New Jersey governor and Trump sycophant who has declared that since people are going to die anyway, we must get back to business immediately. Taking health policy advice from "Big Boy" – who "eats his pizza without slicing it, in the round" – may not be the best policy.

Click and cackle.

Actor as Donald Trump in Russia Today video ad

Screenshot from RT's 'Trump is here to make RT Great Again'

Russia Today, the network known in this country as RT, has produced a new "deep fake" video that portrays Donald Trump in post-presidential mode as an anchor for the Kremlin outlet. Using snippets of Trump's own voice and an actor in an outlandish blond wig, the ad suggests broadly that the US president is indeed a wholly owned puppet of Vladimir Putin– as he has so often given us reason to suspect.

"They're very nice. I make a lot of money with them," says the actor in Trump's own voice. "They pay me millions and hundreds of millions."

But when American journalists described the video as "disturbing," RT retorted that their aim wasn't to mock Trump, but his critics and every American who objects to the Russian manipulations that helped bring him to power.

As an ad for RT the video is amusing, but the network's description of it is just another lie. Putin's propagandists are again trolling Trump and America, as they've done many times over the past few years –- and this should be taken as a warning of what they're doing as Election Day approaches.

The Lincoln Project aptly observed that the Russians "said the quiet part out loud" this time, (Which is a bad habit they share with Trump.)