At first newly installed Season 5 Veep showrunner David Mandel waved off the Donald Trump question in the press room, but then he savored it. When asked how Americans could prevent the controversial GOP nominee from winning the presidency, Mandel insisted: “Vote! No matter where you are, your vote counts. If you feel like your voice isn’t part of the system, vote.”

Mandel added: “And I’d like to address the millennials of the world who are peeking at third parties. The last time there was a third-party (presidential) candidate who got a lot of votes, we wound up with George W. Bush and an Iraq War,” Mandel said.

“Vote for one of the two major-party candidates, and let’s be sure to avoid some white supremacists,” he added.

Mandel explained that he was happy that Veep‘s Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) was an ex-president now, particularly in light of the current election landscape. “I find every level of this campaign to be horrific, and it makes comedy way tougher. It’s just so hard when people don’t want to laugh about this type of stuff.”

This is the second consecutive comedy series Emmy win for HBO’s Veep, which was created by Armando Iannucci.