Alec Baldwin's Donald Trump impression may not have much of a future, but the actor reprised the role in a grab bag of satire Saturday night.
Baldwin, who said this week that he's thinking of retiring the popular impression, returned to "Saturday Night Live" to portray Trump dealing with an alien invasion in the cold open to the show, hosted by Scarlett Johansson. The sketch took aim at the campaigner-in-chief's military play-acting, his immigration rhetoric, questionable feelings about minorities as well as his see-no-evil, speak-no-evil approach to dealing with Russia.
Facing an invasion by aliens from Zorblatt 9, a cadre of soldiers look to the president for instruction and inspiration. They instead get a commander-in-chief who's easily distracted, sensitive to slights and susceptible to conspiracy theories from the alt-right.
"We are going to beat these aliens because we have the best military, but we don't win anymore," Baldwin said, echoing Trump's rationale for a requested $54 billion increase in military spending. "And the aliens are laughing at us. They're laughing at us, and they're killing us."
Baldwin's Trump urges caution when informed that Zorblatt 9 aliens have vaporized California. "Oh, we don't know they are from Zorblatt 9. I've actually heard that Zorblatt 9 is very beautiful, very fantastic," he says.
"Oh my god," one soldier says. "Does he have business ties on Zorblatt 9?"
"Actually heard the aliens are already here," Baldwin says. "They've been hiding in this country for hundreds of years. It's a fact. They're shape-shifters. They look like regular people but they're aliens," he says before pointing out aliens hiding as soldiers—played by Leslie Jones and Sasheer Zamata, both African-American.
But the president got the information from a "very reputable source," of course. "Infowars, hosted by Alex Jones. You know he's legit because he always taking off his shirt, OK," Baldwin's Trump says, after a week in which he accused President Obama of wiretapping his hotel, possibly based off a theory from conservative commentator Marc Levin.
Trump's penchant for what some call hyperbole and others would label lies about his success emerges when informed that the aliens have attacked New York City, destroying Trump International Hotel and Tower at a cost of $50 million.
"More like a billion dollars," he says.
"Luckily, no lives were lost because nobody was staying at the hotel," a soldier says. "That's not true, everyone loves to stay at my hotel," Baldwin says.
'I Am Very Scary'
"SNL" also gave Attorney General Jeff Sessions the opportunity to correct his testimony from his Senate confirmation hearings, in which he falsely denied meeting with Russian officials—a political storm that ended with Sessions' recusal from investigative matters dealing with Russia's election meddling.
Alex Moffat's Senator Al Franken, who led the real-life confirmation exchange, asks Sessions, played by Kate McKinnon, why he'd deny meeting with the Russian ambassador when he actually had.
"I was distracted because I was trying to evade the dastardly accusations of being a racist. Which I'm not, but where I live, racism is simply part of the landscape," McKinnon's Sessions says on the show's "Weekend Update."
"And where do you live?" asks Franken. "The 1950s," Sessions replies.
Sessions' reputation for holding questionable views on race and religion forms the bulk of the sketch. "Al and I are actually great friends," he insists. "I once took Al whitewater rafting...and Al showed me Jew stuff."
"We had lunch at a deli," Moffat's Franken says.
"I cannot believe you were confirmed," Franken later says. "Me neither. What can I say. I might talk to you but I am very scary," Sessions replies.
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