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Video: Is he the best Trump impersonator in America?

President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump at the 2020 Salute to America, July 4, 2020. (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)
October 18, 2021

An impression of former President Donald Trump went viral on social media last week.

Shawn Farash, who describes himself as “Captain Deplorable” in his Twitter bio, filmed himself doing an impression of Trump mocking President Joe Biden over the supply crisis that has left some grocery store shelves empty nationwide.

“Well, here we are in the supermarket, we’re standing here with the bare shelves, look at it. There’s absolutely nothing here. The shelves are bare. It’s empty. It’s empty like Sleepy Joe’s brain, when you think about it,” Farash says, perfectly mimicking Trump’s voice.

“There’s absolutely nothing on the shelf. Look at it. Bare shelves all over the place. They say we’re ‘building back better’ and yet we have nothing in the supermarkets,” he continues. “We’re standing with the bare shelves. Bare shelves Biden, okay. Empty shelves Joe. It’s a disgrace, believe me.”

Twitter users were floored by the impersonation, including the group For America, who tweeted, “Impression Level: 100 #BareShelvesBiden.”

Another Twitter user tagged Mr. Trump’s oldest sons, Don Jr. and Eric, writing, “If you close your eyes & listen, you both would be 100 convinced that this is your dad talking! #EmptyShelvesBiden #emptyshelves #MAGA.”

Fox News’s politics reporter Adam Shaw tweeted that Farash performed “an absolutely incredible Trump impression.”

On Sunday, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, who recently took months-long paternity leave after adopting twins, said the supply chain issues that are leaving shelves empty were due to Biden “successfully” avoiding a recession in the wake of government responses to the COVID-19 pandemic that have devastated nations’ economies around the world.

“Well, certainly a lot of the challenges that we’ve been experiencing this year will continue into next year. But there are both short-term and long-term steps that we can take to do something about it,” Buttigieg claimed during an appearance on CNN.

“Part of what’s happening isn’t just the supply side. It’s the demand side. Demand is off the charts. Retail sales are through the roof. And if you think about those images of ships, for example, waiting at anchor on the west coast, every one of those ships is full of record amounts of goods that Americans are buying because demand is up, because income is up, and because the president has successfully guided this economy out of the teeth of a terrifying recession.”

Texas Senator Ted Cruz rejected Buttigieg’s claims, tweeting, “Dem talking points: ‘The supply chain is broken down, goods can’t get in & inflation is skyrocketing…because things are so damn good. And this will continue. By winter, things will be so good…there will be no Christmas presents whatsoever!’ CNN: ‘Mmm, yes that makes sense….'”