A video (below) that aired on the May 4 episode of "The President Show" went viral the following weekend.
President Donald Trump impersonator Anthony Atamanuik stars as host of the talk show, which "brings television back to the people -- by putting a plutocratic billionaire behind the desk," as described by Comedy Central.
In the video, "Trump" is seen greeting the public, when a young girl comes up to him and bluntly tells him, "You're a disgrace to the world," and then takes a picture.
It has more than 130,000 retweets and 200,000 likes, reports Mashable.
The scene was not scripted, according to Atamanuik, who said "that little girl was brave, funny and smart," in a Twitter post. "Just to be clear, she wasn't an actress. She got off a bench and walked over. Her line was so good, but totally spontaneous."
When another Twitter user asked if the girl thought he was really Donald Trump, Atamanuik replied: "No, I think she was a smart kid who had a sharp quick response in a surreal situation!" As for why the clip went viral, he suspects the reason is "because it was a very cathartic moment."
As Atamanuik explains, his newfound celebrity was quite accidental.
"I mean, when I was younger I wasn’t like, I can’t wait to be a presidential impersonator -- I stumbled into that,” he told The Daily Beast. "I’ve been doing this for over a year and a half now and we had quite a successful tour, the Trump vs. [Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont] tour with James Adomian and myself. I think that’s what actually set us apart from a lot of other satirists and probably got me to where I am now."
Regarding his approach to the impersonation, he says: "I would argue that a lot of it is about taking what [Trump] does and taking it to its ultimate end or taking an element of his perspective and playing out that perspective. I think satire is most effective when it’s done both in the spirit of sending the person up and also creating a new character around him. ... And I think that repeating what somebody else does or says verbatim is not satire, it is in fact, parroting."
He first did the impersonation at an improv show in 2015. "I would stand in front of the mirror and try to roll my jaw like he does," Atamanuik recalls. "It’s not an impression; it’s an acting job. [You have to] take him on as a character, figure out who he is, and I think the blend where it’s comedic is that you have to make him your own."