Trump Freaks Out Over Latest SNL Cold Open
Saturday Night Live mocked the President's declaration of a 'national emergency," which caused him to lash out on Twitter.
Last night, the Saturday Night Live cold open once again featured Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump:
“Saturday Night Live” during its latest episode took aim at President Trump’s “fake” national emergency to fund a wall along the southern border.
Alec Baldwin, impersonating Trump, mocked the president’s justification for diverting funds from the military to build a border wall.
“We have a tremendous amount of drugs flowing into the country from the southern border—or the brown line as many people have asked me not to call it,” Baldwin said. “That’s why we need wall. Because wall works. Wall makes safe.”
He later stated that “you can all see why I have to fake this national emergency.”
“I have to because I want to. It’s really simple. We have a problem,” Baldwin added, before saying that he’s “basically taking military money so I can has wall.”
“So I’m going to sign these papers for emergency,” he continued. “And then I will immediately be sued and the ruling will not go in my favor and it will end up in the Supreme Court and I’ll call my buddy [Brett] Kavanaugh and I’ll say it’s time to repay the Donny, and he will say, ‘New phone, who dis?’ Then the Mueller report will be released, crumbling my house of cards and I can just plead insanity.
“And my personal hell of being president will finally be over.”
The skit from Baldwin, who has repeatedly impersonated Trump throughout his presidency, came just a day after Trump declared a national emergency to allocate nearly $8 billion for construction of his long-sought border wall.
Here’s the video:
This apparently bothered the President, because he reacted angrily on Twitter:
President Trump early Sunday accused major news networks of engaging in “collusion” against his administration, asking how NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” could get away with “hit jobs” without “retribution.”
“Nothing funny about tired Saturday Night Live on Fake News NBC!” Trump tweeted. “Question is, how do the Networks get away with these total Republican hit jobs without retribution?
“Likewise for many other shows? Very unfair and should be looked into. This is the real Collusion!”
The tweet from Trump came just hours after “Saturday Night Live” took aim at his move to declare a national emergency to fund the construction of his long-promised border wall.
Actor Alec Baldwin, who has repeatedly impersonated Trump throughout his presidency, called the emergency “fake” and called out many of the justifications Trump used to support it.
“We have a tremendous amount of drugs flowing into the country from the southern border — or the brown line, as many people have asked me not to call it,” Baldwin said as Trump. “That’s why we need wall. Because wall works. Wall makes safe.”
“I have to [sign the emergency declaration] because I want to. It’s really simple. We have a problem,” Baldwin added, before saying that he’s “basically taking military money so I can has wall.”
Trump has continually criticized the media during his two years in the White House, and suggested last September that NBC’s “license” be challenged.
Here are the President’s tweets in the wake of the SNL sketch:
Nothing funny about tired Saturday Night Live on Fake News NBC! Question is, how do the Networks get away with these total Republican hit jobs without retribution? Likewise for many other shows? Very unfair and should be looked into. This is the real Collusion!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 17, 2019
THE RIGGED AND CORRUPT MEDIA IS THE ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 17, 2019
Let’s think a bit about what we’re seeing here. The President of the United States is so upset about a six-minute bit on a late-night Saturday comedy show that he decided to rant and rave about it on Twitter early in the morning. Most likely, of course, he probably didn’t see it live but saw coverage of it on Fox News Channel this morning as he got his morning dose of adulatory propaganda from a network that has become nothing but the Communications Office for the Trump Administration. A normal President, indeed a normal human being, would have let such a comedy bit slide, or in the style of a Ronald Reagan, who was good friends with Johnny Carson even as Carson ribbed him nightly in his monologue, or a George H.W. Bush, who famously invited Dana Carvey to the White House to do his impersonation after Bush lost the 1992 election and even once participated in an SNL cold open with Carvey doing his George Bush character (something that Carvey remembered in a statement after Bush died in December), he might have even laughed it off. After all, making fun of politicians is a time-honored American tradition that has been engaged in by comedians and humorists going back to H.L. Mencken, Will Rogers, and Mark Twain, and long before that. If you’re going to survive in an office like the Presidency without completely losing it, you have accept the fact that people are going to make fun of you. The fact that this President can’t accept that says as much about him as any of his other tweets, speeches, or actions as President and it says a lot about him as a human being, none of it very good.
Besides, if Trump is going to blow up every time someone makes fun of him, then the next two years aren’t going to be good for his blood pressure, so my advice to the President would be pretty simple: