One of the big questions surrounding “Saturday Night Live” in recent weeks was whether or not Alec Baldwin would return to the series to portray his over-the-top version of President Donald Trump.
Considering the leftist actor recently had a run-in with the law and was facing accusations of harassment from journalists, his position with the program that allowed him to enjoy a big comeback was in question.
Alas, Baldwin returned to “SNL” in its latest episode to take part in the usual Trump bashing.
On the program, Baldwin mocked President Trump in a cold open set at the G20 summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Baldwin’s Trump spoke of the Mueller investigation and said, “It almost feels like they’re coming after me.”
To this, Cecily Strong, depicting first lady Melania Trump, responded, “Cheer up, Donald. Worst-case scenario, you go to prison and have to transfer your money to me for safekeeping and I have to hire a jacked hunk to protect me. I’m going to think of that worst case while I go soak in the bathtub.”
The show also took a shot at President Trump for calling himself a nationalist, with Baldwin’s Trump saying the European leaders did not like him. This led him to his asking, “What did nationalism ever do to Europe?”
This was likely a reference to Nazi Germany and Benito Mussolini’s Italy — but the questions ignored the fact that unlike European nationalism, which fixates on ethnicity and is statist, American nationalism is civic, meaning it includes citizens of all races and focuses on individual rights and freedom.
From there, Baldwin’s Trump spoke with Kate McKinnon’s Rudy Giuliani; and after getting an update on the Mueller investigation, Baldwin said, “God, I want to fire you, Rudy, but I can’t — you know all my secrets.”
McKinnon’s Giuliani then responded, “Kept where no one can find them: on nationally televised interviews.”
Baldwin’s Trump had a phone call with Ben Stiller’s Michael Cohen, and after it, he said he had not been this angry since he “flipped out over that parking space.”
This, of course, was a reference to Baldwin’s real-life arrest, in which he allegedly physically attacked an individual over a parking space hassle in New York City.
“SNL” also tried to mock the president by changing up the lyrics to a pair of songs. Baldwin’s Trump sang Madonna’s “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina,” but altered the lyrics to, “The truth is I’m very guilty. Some little no-nos. And maybe treason. But I kept my promise. Oops no I didn’t.”
Toward the end of the episode, many of the show’s female cast members — Strong, McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Aidy Bryant, Melissa Villasenor, Heidi Gardner, and Ego Nwodim — all sang an altered version of “All I Want For Christmas Is You.”
In it, they made a list of what they wanted from special counsel Robert Mueller.
The lyrics went, “You better prove that Trump colluded or that he kidnapped Jon Benet. We won’t ask for much this Christmas, but at least throw us a bone. Tell us what the hell is happening and who the F is Roger Stone. We don’t need a long-a** doc, just a single page that shocks. Mueller, please come through. ‘Cause the only other option is a coup. I just want to sleep at night. Please make sure your case is tight and make our wish come true. ’cause, Mueller, all we want for Christmas is you.”
Yes. They really referenced a coup.
Although “SNL” did its typical Trump-bashing routine, it did show respect to former President George H.W. Bush, who passed away on Friday night, during the “Weekend Update” segment.
Co-host Colin Jost said, “President Bush was always a warm and gracious man who understood the power at laughing at yourself.”
This was a reference to Bush’s inviting his “SNL” impersonator, Dana Carvey, to the White House in 1992, when he did his impression of the then-president.
“SNL” also showed a clip of Carvey doing the impression and Bush laughing at it.
It definitely exemplified just how far “SNL” has fallen.
Check out Alec Baldwin’s return to “Saturday Night Live” below:
Tom Joyce is a freelance writer from the South Shore of Massachusetts. He covers sports, pop culture, and politics and has contributed to The Federalist, Newsday, and other outlets.