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“South Park” has set its sights on the 2016 election. The popular Comedy Central animated comedy, now in its 20th season, premiered on Sept. 14.

“Member Berries,” the season’s first episode, sees “South Park” setting its sights on the 2016 presidential election and calling back to the season eight episode “Douche and Turd,” in which it posed the idea of voting as a choice between a Giant Douche and a Turd Sandwich. The Season 20 premiere uses these old caricatures as symbols of the current presidential candidates, while also continuing the joke from the previous season of Mr. Garrison as an analogue for Donald Trump.


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In a clip from the new episode, when a pollster from Gallup comes to the house of the Marsh family and asks which of the two choices the family supports, the house is proudly claimed to be a Turd Sandwich household.

The clip then brings attention to the apathy some feel between the two candidates. Using the children characters, “South Park” creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker vocalize some doubts people feel towards the candidates.

“I just don’t understand why every four years you people freak out over whether to vote for a Giant Douche or a Turd Sandwich,” asks Stan Marsh.

“Because we’re Americans,” replies Randy Marsh. “’Cause this is America.”

Stephen Fasulo |