It’s comforting to know that president-elect Donald Trump is such a huge fan of comedy that, despite his busy schedule of meeting with some of the country’s worst possible candidates for his cabinet positions, he’s still making time to watch Saturday Night Live. How would we know such a seemingly mundane, unimportant detail about the man who will become the most powerful world leader this January?
Well, it’s because part of the new, twisted reality in which we live, the president of the United States is a sociopathic billionaire who has the social media presence of an 11-year-old middle child. “I watched parts of @nbcsnl Saturday Night Live last night. It is a totally one-sided, biased show – nothing funny at all. Equal time for us?,” Trump tweeted Sunday.
Alec Baldwin later responded, also on Twitter: “Equal time? Election is over. There is no more equal time.” He also wrote that now as Trump tries to be president, people respond and “that’s pretty much it,” adding, “I’d be focused on improving our reputation abroad, including actually fighting for freedom and not just oil.”
The Saturday Night Live cold open in question presents Trump post-election and in a desperate and frantic state attempting to understand what exactly he’s gotten himself into. Also noteworthy is that Kate McKinnon is back opposite Baldwin’s Trump, but not as Hillary Clinton. This time, she reprises her role as Kellyanne Conway, Trump’s campaign manager and now one of his top aides. In SNL‘s version, Conway isn’t the despicable, lying, gaslight specialist she is in real life. Rather, she’s a human that has regrets about doing her job too well.
Conway appeared on CNN this morning where she defended Trump’s compulsive, immature use of Twitter.
“Why take it up? Why take up ‘SNL’? No president does that. Why waste time? Why distract?” CNN’s Chris Cuomo asked Conway.
“Why do you care?” Conway responded, adding, among other things, “Who’s to say he can’t do that? Make a comment — spend five minutes sending a tweet, making a comment.”