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11 Ways The Emmys Were Political

Donald Trump got burned.

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1. When Jeb Bush himself was in the opening sketch.

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The former Republican presidential candidate played an Uber driver in the bit that opened the Emmys ceremony, advising the evening's host, Jimmy Kimmel, on being a nominee. "If you run a positive campaign, the voters ultimately will make the right choice," Bush joked with Kimmel. Bush was contrasting his own Republican primary campaign with Trump's ongoing campaign.

2. When Kimmel blamed producer Mark Burnett for Trump's rise.

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The comedian said that if it weren't for reality television, Trump would currently be "rubbing up against his wife, Malaria, while she pretended to be asleep," mispronouncing Melania, Trump's wife's name. Burnett was the creator of The Apprentice and The Celebrity Apprentice, two reality TV series that starred the bombastic Republican presidential candidate. "Thanks to Mark Burnett, we don't have to watch reality shows anymore," Kimmel said. "We're living in one."

3. When Kate McKinnon thanked Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in her speech.

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Twice! McKinnon won Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy for Saturday Night Live. Clinton is among McKinnon's best-known impressions on SNL.

4. When Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy winner Julia Louis-Dreyfus used her acceptance speech as an "opportunity to personally apologize for the current political climate."

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"I think that Veep has torn down the wall between comedy and politics. Our show started out as a political satire, but it now feels more like a sobering documentary. So I certainly do promise to rebuild that wall and make Mexico pay for it."

At the end, Louis-Dreyfus was referencing Trump's campaign promise to build a giant wall on the US–Mexico border and to demand that Mexico pay for it. (Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto said he explicitly told Trump that Mexico will do no such thing.)

5. When Burnett said he received a personal call from Hillary Clinton during the show.

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He joked that Clinton called to thank say thank you for Trump's "extra free five minutes" of publicity on ABC. As he accepted his Emmy for Outstanding Reality Competition Series for The Voice, Burnett was referencing the amount of attention Trump has gotten on television during this election cycle.

6. When Sterling K. Brown made a joke about asking Melania Trump a question about his speech.

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As The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story actor accepted the award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series, he made an apparent reference to Melania Trump's speech during the Republican National Convention earlier this year, when it became apparent her speechwriters copied part of a speech that Michelle Obama gave in 2008.

7. When Courtney B. Vance shouted "Obama out, Hillary in!" at the end of his speech.

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Vance won for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series for his role in The People v. O.J. Simpson.

8. When Aziz Ansari ROASTED Trump's proposed immigration policies.

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"Mom, Dad, I know I just thanked you, but you need to be escorted out right now," said Ansari, who is the son of Muslim immigrants. Shortly after he won an Emmy for Outstanding Writing on a Comedy Series, the Master of None creator and actor joked that he was going to vote for Trump. "I'm so sorry. America Ferrara, nice try changing your name to America — you're not fooling anybody. You're out."

Ansari previously wrote a New York Times column skewering the candidate's immigrant rhetoric as stoking hatred.

9. When Jill Soloway referred to Trump as "an inheritor to Hitler" backstage.

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The Emmy-winning Transparent director called Trump “the most dangerous monster to ever approach our lifetime."

“He’s otherizing people. He calls women pigs if they don’t look like beauty pageant contestants. He blames Muslims and Mexicans for our problems. He makes fun of disabled people." Soloway was making reference to Trump's many comments sexualizing women. He also mocked a New York Times reporter for having a disability.

10. When Larry David was nominated for hosting an episode of SNL during which he memorably played Democratic primary candidate Bernie Sanders. "They both lost," Kimmel quipped.

11. And finally, Kimmel joked about how they managed to finish the awards show before the election (which is Nov. 8).

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Haha, awards shows are long. (PSA: You can register to vote here.)

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