Alec Baldwin’s Donald Trump starts to feel pressure of presidency in ‘SNL’ cold open
Though he was notably absent from last week’s episode, Alec Baldwin returned Nov. 19 to play Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live.
Since it’s been almost two weeks since the election, Baldwin’s stressed-out version of the President-elect hit the major news highlights.
Baldwin-as-Trump starts out holed up in his office at the Trump National Golf Club, with campaign manager Kellyanne Conway (played by SNL cast member Kate McKinnon) and thanking for her work, saying he wouldn’t have gotten elected without her.
“I think about that every day,” she replied, despondent.
He also tried to figure out his next steps, which included googling “what is ISIS?” and panicking when he realized the wall he promised to build between the U.S. and Mexico is supposed to be 2000 miles long.
“Two-thousand American miles?” he asked in mock-disbelief.
He also tried to figure out his cabinet members, even meeting with Mitt Romney, played by Jason Sudeikis. (The real-life meeting happened earlier in the day, with speculation flying on whether Trump will offer Romney the position of secretary of state.)
The two, who were rivals during the campaign, didn’t have much to say to each other as they shook hands for an awkwardly long time.
“This isn’t going to work, is it?” Sudeikis asked.
“I don’t think so,” Baldwin-as-Trump replied, before the two part ways.
Then VP-elect Mike Pence showed up (played by SNL’s Beck Bennett), fresh from a viewing of Hamilton – just like his real life counterpart who listened to a cast member give an earful about equality Friday night.
“It was good,” Bennet-as-Pence said. “I got a free lecture.”
Real-life Trump fired back at SNL Sunday morning, saying: “It is a totally one-sided, biased show – nothing funny at all.” It’s the second time Trump’s attacked the comedy series. In October he said Baldwin’s portrayal on SNL ‘stinks’.
Watch the full sketch above.
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