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The setting and mood, even the music, of the Saturday Night Live season finale cold open should be instantly familiar to Sopranos fans. Into a certain celebrated diner in northern New Jersey strolls the president of the United States (Alec Baldwin), who commandeers a booth where he is soon joined by his manic lawyer, Rudy Giuliani (Kate McKinnon), his downcast former lawyer Michael Cohen (Ben Stiller), and his sons Don Jr. and Eric (Alex Moffat and Mikey Day).

Thrilled with his own goggle-eyed performances on Fox News, Rudy blathers on loudly, incriminating his client: “I even confessed to some crimes you didn’t do and then I said ‘What are you gonna do? Arrest the president? I dare ya! Ahhh!” Cohen, amid professions of love for Trump, reminisces about their high crimes and misdemeanors as he prepares for prison. And as usual, Don Jr. is smug and clueless.

But then the door jangles open one last time for an ominous figure noticed only by Trump — Robert Mueller (Robert DeNiro), the special counsel whose scowling silence says it all.

Triumph, the Insult Comic Dog

What makes Trump supporters so loyal to a president who is wrecking the country and the world is one of the great mysteries of our time. And the latest political scientist to ponder this problem is Triumph, the Insult Comic Dog, whose obscene, cigar-chomping wisecracks you may recall from his many appearances on Saturday Night Live.

Now working as a "correspondent" for Stephen Colbert's Late Show, Triumph recently convened a focus group of real live Trump supporters to discuss current issues, such as the dismantling of Confederate statues and unemployment. The group watched some fictional Trump-Pence campaign ads to gauge their reaction to potentially extreme proposals by their idol.

Even Triumph, who always presumes human stupidity, was exasperated by their answers.

It's uproariously funny, the way only a gang of mindless Trumpists can be.