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By Leppy Pardalis
“My colleagues and I feel sadness and pity rather than anger,” insisted Mr Rod O’Phyta during a hastily-called press conference yesterday.
Mr O’Phyta is spokesalga for the colony of algae living on the back of a Florida manatee, some of which were scraped off by an unknown supporter of Donald Trump to spell the name of the President.
“Whoever did this needs help, not punishment,” said Mr O’Phyta. “We in the algae community could take no pleasure in the persecution of somebody who clearly does not have our intellectual advantages.
“Heck, even our land-based friends the lichens, who are the first to admit they’re not exactly big thinkers, could beat any Trump supporter at Scrabble if the lichen were capable of holding the tiles - and if the Trump supporter were capable of holding the tiles, for that matter.
“The manatee was unharmed, the algae scraped off will easily find another home and the rest of us will soon recolonise the bare bits.
“Let’s let bygones be bygones.”
The manatee said: “I’m just relieved that all the Trump supporter wanted to do was scrape his hero’s name in the algae.
“You never know what these dung-spattered village idiots will get up to once they tire of licking their guns and engaging in acts of unnatural sexual congress with farm animals and domestic pets.”