Alec Baldwin returned to play Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live for the first time since the businessman won the U.S. presidential election.
The actor didn’t disappoint as he joked about many of Trump’s campaign promises, including building the wall at the border with Mexico, defeating the Islamic militants ISIS, and scrapping Barack Obama’s free healthcare plan.
Baldwin recently said he wouldn’t be reprising his impersonation of the real estate mogul too often after Trump’s shock win in the election earlier this month (Nov16).
However, he was out in full force on Saturday (19Nov16), with Kate McKinnon and Jason Sudeikis joining him for the comedy sketch.
Baldwin’s Trump met with a general and local campaign manager, who asked about his plan to defeat ISIS. “We’re really looking forward to hearing (your plan to defeat ISIS). It’s only seven weeks away, so let’s save some lives together,’ the general said to Trump.
As soon as the he left, Trump ran to his computer, sat down and said, “OK. Big plan, big plan. Google, ‘What is ISIS?’ Oh, my. 59 million results…” He then grabbed his phone and shouted to the iPhone app Siri, “How do I kill ISIS?’
Saturday Night Live also took jabs at Trump’s real-life back-pedalling on campaign promises. As his vice-president elect Mike Pence – played by Beck Bennett – rattled off the long list, Baldwin’s Trump shouted, “Scrapped!”
Former SNL cast member Jason Sudeikis returned as Mitt Romney, the former Republican presidential candidate who was beaten by Barack Obama in 2012.
Romney is reportedly in the running for a position in Trump’s cabinet, and both characters jokingly agreed working together would never pan out. Trump and Romney awkwardly shook hands before Sudeikis’ Romney said, “This isn’t going to work, is it?”
The skit also poked fun at Mike Pence being booed at a performance at Hamilton on Friday (18Nov16), with Trump asking Bennett’s Pence what he thought of the hit musical. “It was good. I got a free lecture,” Pence replied.
Baldwin has been absent from Saturday Night Live since Trump won the election on 8 November (16). Kate McKinnon opened the first episode after the businessman’s historic win as Hillary Clinton, performing the late Leonard Cohen’s song Hallelujah.
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