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From Street Art to Sex Toys: Six Ways the Creative Community has Responded to Donald Trump

Tump-mania inspires activists to step up their game when it comes to the GOP’s leading candidate.

For better or (almost certainly) for worse, this has been the “Summer of Trump.” Since taking the lead in the GOP presidential primaries, the candidate has spent the last several months both confounding political analysts, and enraging Latinos, Women, and Veterans (to name just a few) with his offensive rhetoric and over-the-top personality. It’s not just that Trump’s statements about “Mexican rapists” and “blood coming out of [Fox News commentator Megyn Kelly's] wherever” haven’t damaged him in the polls—if anything, they’ve helped solidify his brand as a “tells it like it is” un-politician among certain voters.

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But while Teflon Don may appear to be nigh on invincible for the time being (the latest Bloomberg Politics/Des Moines Register poll has him leading or tied in nearly every metric among likely Republican Iowa voters) there are those outside the political arena, and in the creative one—artists, activists, and comedians—who have been working hard to define Donald’s brand themselves, eschewing “tell it like it is” in favor of highlighting the candidate’s xenophobic, sexist and all-around offensive behavior.

If there’s an upside to Trump’s continued dominance in the polls, it’s that perhaps it will inspire more hilarious “tributes,” like the following examples.

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Thunberg has dedicated her young life to waking up the world to the climate crisis we face and cutting the crap that gets in the way of fixing it. Her speeches are a unique blend of calm rationality and no-holds-barred bluntness. She speaks truth to power, dispassionately and unflinchingly, and it is glorious.

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via Real Time with Bill Maher / YouTube and The Late Late Show with James Corden / YouTube

A controversial editorial on America's obesity epidemic and healthcare by comedian Bill Maher on his HBO show "Real Time" inspired a thoughtful, and funny, response by James Cordon. It also made for a great debate about healthcare that Americans are avoiding.

At the end of the September 6th episode of "Real Time, " Maher turned to the camera for his usual editorial and discussed how obesity is a huge part of the healthcare debate that no one is having.

"At Next Thursday's debate, one of the candidates has to say, 'The problem with our healthcare system is Americans eat shit and too much of it.' All the candidates will mention their health plans but no one will bring up the key factor: the citizens don't lift a finger to help," Maher said sternly.

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via Gage Skidmore

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