SNL Cold Open Asks ‘What Would It Take For Republicans To Abandon Trump?’

The real answer probably isn't far off from the parody.

Last night’s Saturday Night Live cold open handled the question of what it would take for the GOP to abandon Trump:

Sounds about right.

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  1. michael reynolds says:

    There’s a reason why I call it a cult of personality.

  2. Scott F. says:

    SNL did a nice job choosing three Senators who best demonstrate the three primary colors of Republican failure to uphold their oath of office:

    * McConnell for the pure Machiavellian power grabbing
    * Graham for the two-faced ass-kissing
    * Collins for the weak-kneed obeisance masquerading as resistance

    It might be funny if it weren’t so bad for the country.

  3. Andrew says:

    How could the GOP ever be against Trump for anything?

    Makes the Federal Government look inept and a failure: Check
    Gives massive tax breaks/cuts to everyone who doesn’t need them, while shifting the financial burden to the lower class. : Check
    Sell arms and secrets to America’s foes through out the world using backhanded/back channel means: Check.
    Fight to take away any and all major social programs, including healthcare and public education: Check
    Lower the bar continually so any measurable means of ethics or manners is so confiscated Attorneys General come on to sweep up criminal behavior as the rule of law is below the President of the United States: Check.

    There is more others could add. Why turn on Trump? He’s the republican wet dream Nixon 50 years too early for.

  4. DrDaveT says:

    @michael reynolds:

    There’s a reason why I call it a cult of personality.

    Well, except that usually in a cult of personality the followers actually admire and idolize the leader. This isn’t that; this is people who personally detest Trump being willing to publicly back his most detestable actions if they can personally capitalize on it and/or set American social progress back a few decades.

    It’s Richard III, not Wallenstein.

  5. al Ameda says:

    ‘What Would It Take For Republicans To Abandon Trump?’

    As long as Republicans are running the table – such as, judicial nominees jammed through ((check)), unnecessary tax cut benefitting the very wealthiest Americans ((check)), roll back of environmental regulations((check)), two new Supreme Court justices ((Check)) – and Trump is polling at 90% approval among Republicans, I don’t see what what he could do to cause a few of those 90% to abandon him.

    I have come to believe that Trump could be fitted with a dog collar and leash, forced to his hands and knees, and have Putin walk the him down Fifth Avenue at noon, and have him eat his own crap, and Sean Hannity would praise Trump for showing Putin what a real leader does.

  6. Gustopher says:

    @al Ameda: you forgot hating on Mexicans (in the expansive “all those Mexican countries” definition), and the darker brown people. And spiting liberals.

    His supporters don’t care about all of that, but most care for three or so.

    If he said that with 3.8% unemployment, we need more immigrants, and that South American refugees were going to be prioritized because of humanitarian reasons… he would start seeing defections.

    These scorned supporters wouldn’t be voting Democrat, but they would start calling him a RINO and might stay home.

  7. Kathy says:


    If he said that with 3.8% unemployment, we need more immigrants, and that South American refugees were going to be prioritized because of humanitarian reasons… he would start seeing defections.

    Yup. We’ve actually seen something like this, when Dennison tried to hammer out a real deal with the Democratic leadership in Congress in 2017.

    The other thing that can hurt him is a bad economy. We saw a preview of this with the government shut down.

    When the recession hits, it will be very important for the Democratic Party to lay the blame on trump’s Tariffs, as well as his brinkmanship with Venezuela and Iran (pushing up oil prices). This may not change a single hard-core Dennison vote to blue, but it will have an effect on independents, moderate Republicans (if any still exist), and more importantly should suppress the vote by his base.

  8. Joe says:

    @Scott F.:

    * Graham for the two-faced ass-kissing

    The brilliant moment when the “Chuck Todd” asks if it would be enough if Trump called them names and gave out their personal cell phone numbers causing them to get death threats and ultimately having to get a new number and “Graham” tried to excuse himself from the question because that had actually happened.

  9. Ignatius J. Reilly says:

    “Video unavailable. The uploader has not made this video available in your country.” Typical ☹️


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