ABC thriller Quantico took a shot at Donald Trump in Sunday night’s episode, when it was revealed that an American militia cell shouted the GOP presidential hopeful’s campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again,” before an attack in Chicago.
In Sunday night’s episode “Drive,” FBI Agent Jordan Kent confronts agent Ryan Booth about his mysterious disappearance during a field operation in Chicago. Kent believes Booth’s sudden disappearance during the op was no accident and accuses him of being involved in an American militia’s attack in the city.
“What possible reason would I have for wanting to hurt innocent people?” Booth, played by actor Jake McLaughlin, asks Kent. “Why would I want to destroy my own career?”
“I don’t know. Maybe Afghanistan broke you,” Kent replies. “Maybe you realized what a worthless war it was when you got back and you got to talking to one of those cell members one day and realized you were fighting on the wrong side — ”
But before Kent can finish making his accusation, Booth rips him for questioning his loyalty to America.
“Let me tell you something. If you ever say something like that to me again, you’re gonna have a whole new set of problems. I love this country,” Booth angrily replies.
“Isn’t that what they said when they attacked it? ‘Make America Great Again?'” an equally angry Kent fires back.
Fans of the show took to social media to congratulate the show’s writers for the dig:
— Michelle (@Chellie143) May 2, 2016
Terrorists quote Donald Trump? …Makes sense. #quantico
— Starwolf Oakley (@starwolf_oakley) May 2, 2016
But not everyone was impressed.
“Could they be any more predictable? Apparently, ‘Make America Great Again’ is the equivalent of ‘Allahu Akbar,’ in Hollywood’s minds,” writes Media Research Center’s Erik Soderstrom.
In March, another one of the network’s shows, Scandal, introduced a character based on Trump in the form of tough-talking, politically incorrect billionaire Republican oil magnate Hollis Doyle.
Watch the clip from the episode above, courtesy of MRC.
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