The clown in question is President* Pennywise. Inside his pocket is the mendacious minority whip from Metry, Steve Scalise.
The column was written before Scalise’s bizarre “Soviet impeachment” speech. Uh, Steve, impeachment is part of our British inheritance. There was no such thing as “Soviet impeachment.” They were not big on trials after Stalin’s death.
In the post Stalin era, the procedure was to pronounce sentence then execute the accused immediately. Sometimes by firing squad but more likely than not by a gunshot to the back of the head in the courtyard of the KGB’s Lubyanka Prison. If you’d watched The Americans, you’d know that.
I also adapted Michael F’s Pennywise image for the piece:
The last word goes to Dwight Yoakam: