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Brief satirical sketch by James Corden during the 2018 Grammy.
Brief satirical sketch by James Corden during the 2018 Grammy.

Hillary Clinton’s comeback at the Grammys

The former presidential candidate appeared in a brief segment of the event to stick her finger in Donald Trump’s sore spot.

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One of the most frequent tools to face controversial political circumstances is always humor.

At a time when the US government seemed to be drawn from a script of The Simpsons, the most important media events would not be left behind in demonstrations of discontent and mockery.

Such was the case of the Grammys 2018 ceremony where a prerecorded video put the political tone to the night. The host James Corden simulated an audition for the recording of the audiobook Fire and Fury by Michael Wolff - the text that revealed the great chaos contained in Trump’s White House - where several artists tried to read extracts with the best interpretation they could, without achieving it.

It was not until the blonde hairstyle hidden behind the book appeared, that we all realized that this would be the sketch that would steal the night.

It was nothing more and nothing less than the former candidate and ironclad opponent of Trump, Hillary Clinton, who with a sweet diction managed to "be selected" in Corden's audition.

Following Wolff’s words, Clinton read about the president: "He had a longtime fear of being poisoned – ore reason why he liked to eat at McDonald’s: Nobody knew he was coming and the food was safely pre-made.”

Clinton's performance was met with overwhelming applause from the audience, as the gesture orchestrated by Corden is one of the deepest criticisms of the president from the heart of his home, Manhattan’s Madison Square Garden.

It’s hard to imagine a more painful picture for the president than his archenemy reading a fragment of the book that has caused him nightmares, in front of all the stars of entertainment - his favorite territory.

As reported by AP (in Spanish), the producers of the Grammy told Hillary Clinton a couple of weeks ago their intentions to record the sketch and sent her the script that, after a couple of days, the former first lady accepted.

Neil Portnow, president of the Recording Academy, told the AP that he "felt that Clinton's participation was more satirical than political." And is that when it comes to criticism, there is no better tool than humor.

But if we’ve learned something in recent months, is that the government of Donald Trump has anything but a sense of humor.

This was demonstrated by the reaction of the United States Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, who turned to Twitter on Sunday night to ensure that the awards "ruin great music with trash."

"Some of us love music without the politics thrown in it," said the diplomat, criticizing Corden’s sketch.

As reported by Talking Points Memo, a close associate to President Trump said that Haley's reaction is not unusual, but that it is particularly important this time because it includes the book Fire and Fury, whose author has claimed for weeks that Trump and Halley are having an affair.

Whether you like it or not - and as long as the First Amendment remains intact - this type of political-cultural manifestations are necessary, if not indispensable, to keep reality in perspective and to dream, even if it is for a couple of seconds, how different our lives would be if we had really come to have a female president for the first time.

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