SNL Relentlessly Skewers Trump White House

Melissa McCarthy, Alec Baldwin return as Kate McKinnon rules the night
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 12, 2017 6:33 AM CST

In tune with the new administration of alternative facts, viewers are embracing a comic alternative president. Alec Baldwin, who has scored in guest shots on Saturday Night Live with his mocking impersonation of Donald Trump since the campaign's final weeks, presided Saturday night as guest host, serving up yet another Trump masquerade. In his spoof, President Trump made good on a tweeted vow to "see you in court" directed at the three Ninth Circuit federal judges who last week refused to enforce his immigration ban, reports the AP. His chosen venue: "The People's Court," where he was suing the three judges. "I'm right, they're wrong," Trump erupted. "I want the travel ban reinstated. I also want $725." Then, as a character witness, he brought in Russian President Vladimir Putin (Beck Bennett), who praised Trump as "my little American Happy Meal."

Baldwin, in his record 17th SNL hosting appearance, also played an obstetrician examining Beyonce, pregnant with twins (played by Kenan Thompson and surprise guest Tracy Morgan). But the night belonged to SNL's ultra-versatile Kate McKinnon. She depicted Elizabeth Warren, who last week was silenced by Mitch McConnell in the midst of Jeff Sessions' confirmation. McKinnon was also almost unrecognizable as newly sworn-in Sessions himself, played as drawling, cornpone, and ghoulish. She encored her lampoon as Kellyanne Conway, who this time was a crazed stalker pursuing CNN's Jake Tapper (Bennett). Opening the show, Melissa McCarthy was back as hot-tempered Press Secretary Sean Spicer. "I said that wrong when I said it," she seethed when asked about a confusing remark. "Then you wrote it. Which makes YOU wrong." Finally, losing all control, she mowed down the press corps on her motorized podium. The New York Times reviews the show, noting its "hint of exhaustion." (Read more Saturday Night Live stories.)

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