Last week on Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD, the writers worked in the line: “Nevertheless, she persisted.” A phrased used by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to explain why he forced Senator Elizbeth Warren to be quiet during floor debates over the appointment of Senator Jeff Sessions as Attorney General.
In tonight’s episode, the writers worked in two shots directed at President Donald Trump. The first is when Sunil Bakshi (Simon Kassianides), the on-air spokesman for Hydra / newcaster, is talking to a woman and says: “It’s not bother. You need to buy furniture. I know a good place to go.” A reference to the infamous bus tape from Access Hollywood where Trump is recorded saying how he went after a married woman by taking her furniture shopping. It’s subtle but unmistakable in the episode.
A few moments later, Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) is talking to the country, having taken over the broadcast, and is showing how the Patriot really died, saving children’s lives. Coulson then talks about how Hydra is controlling people by feeding them “alternative facts”. The phrase, “alternative facts” was made popular by Trump’s counselor Kellyanne Conway on January 22nd, 2017 when she was being interviewed by Chuck Todd. Conway was asked about how White House Spokesman Sean Spicer can be telling the American people information about the inauguration that is provably untrue. Conway said that Spicer was: “presenting alternative facts.” Todd’s response: “Look, alternative facts are not facts. They’re falsehoods.”
That’s three pretty blatant political digs in two weeks. The show has three weeks to go, I wonder how many more they can get in.