“Saturday Night Live” has no interest in setting its political satire sights on anyone beyond President-Elect Donald Trump. This much is clear. In the cold open of the latest “SNL,” Alec Baldwin returned to impersonate Trump in the Emma Stone-hosted episode — and Trump himself, and many others, did not find it amusing.
Showing Baldwin’s Trump as being too busy tweeting to pay attention to a security briefing, the scene also displayed Chief Strategist and ex-Breitbart News CEO Steve Bannon dressed as the Grim Reaper.
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“You look great!” Baldwin’s Trump tells Bannon after being scolded by his security team for not having the attention span to listen to important information regarding world affairs.
Donald Trump has been a public critic of the show’s bias in the past. And he’s not been a fan of Alec Baldwin’s impersonation. The newest cold open inspired more public words from Trump.
“Just tried watching ‘Saturday Night Live’ — unwatchable! Totally biased, not funny and the Baldwin impersonation just can’t get any worse. Sad,” Trump tweeted after the show.
Baldwin himself responded on the social media platform: “Release your tax returns and I’ll stop. Ha.”
The show again went after the president-elect during its “Weekend Update” segment. “Update” poked fun at Trump’s recent call with Taiwan, as well as his thank you tour.
“Trump’s holding victory rallies in all the places that helped get him elected like Ohio, Pennsylvania, Russia, the FBI, Wikileaks, and Hillary’s campaign headquarters,” joked “Update” co-host Colin Jost.
Hillary Clinton did not get away entirely unscathed in the latest episode of “SNL.” In “The Hunt for Hill” skit, two parodies of Bigfoot trackers are searching for Clinton — who has been publicly elusive since the election results.
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The trackers speak with an eyewitness who claim to have seen Clinton and then track her in the woods by using her famously robotic laugh as a hunting call. They finally lure the former Democratic presidential nominee out of the woods — with an article regarding ex-Green Party nominee Jill Stein’s controversial recount efforts.
Still, the brief dig at Clinton was nothing compared to the show’s treatment of the president-elect. It’s difficult to tell how long “SNL” can keep going on its current tracks. After the election, it was a question as to whether “SNL” would somehow evolve in a post-election world to be a more well-rounded show, using its satire chops to take on all cultural and political sides — or whether the cast and crew would dig their heels into their left-wing political positions and become The Donald Trump Hour. The post-election episodes are proving “SNL” has chosen the latter.