Talk show host Jimmy Kimmel pranked people into believing Donald Trump chose daughter Ivanka for the Supreme Court.
The comedian, a vocal critic of the president, tricked passersby in Los Angeles for the latest edition of his “Lie Witness News” segment.
“I was wondering, how far would be too far for Republicans to support Donald Trump,” Mr Kimmel said on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
“So we went out on the street to do a socially distant survey.”
Mr Trump has promised to quickly fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, with reports that his nominee will be conservative judge Amy Coney Barrett.
One of Mr Kimmel’s producers took to the streets outside his studio and asked people how they had reacted to Trump “picking” Ivanka Trump for the job.
“I was a little surprised,” said one man quickly.
“I think it’s a good pick. She’s a smart businesswoman. She’s educated. Really good institutions.
"And I think she’s gonna be good for the economy, or excuse me, not the economy, good for the country.”
But others were not so impressed, and as the segment went on producers ramped up the questioning.
At one point the producer claimed Trump had made his announcement with Ivanka sat on his lap.
And they then claimed that she was intent on overturning “Row Row v. Your Boat”, a spoof reference to the landmark Supreme Court abortion case Roe v. Wade.
“That image of Ivanka on his lap was completely and totally inappropriate,” said another victim .
“It’s the president of the United States, the biggest and the greatest country on Earth. That absolutely should not happen.”
Finally Kimmel’s claimed that “Trump stood on the White House lawn and said that Ivanka is just like Ruth Bader Ginsburg, but f***tons hotter,” and added that it was “time to add some sex appeal to the court.”
But they pushed it too far and were caught out by one woman.
“It’s a very sexist thing to say, definitely not something that the president should say about other women,” she said before asking if it was “something you guys make up for the program.”
“So that’s not true? Oh my God, I look like an idiot now because I’d never heard of that,” she added when told it was all for the show.
“But I can imagine him doing this stuff. That’s the crazy part.”