Alec Baldwin opened his first S.N.L. appearance in weeks without pulling a punch. Dancing on the edge of “too soon,” Baldwin’s Donald Trump addressed the latest twists in a tumultuous administration by joking, “What a difference just 59 tomahawks can make.” From there, Baldwin takes us on a tour of what Trump has been up to since S.N.L. went on hiatus.
The sketch has a fictional Trump stopping off to speak with a room full of blue-collar folks from Kentucky in order to boost his morale. Or, as S.N.L. puts it, to come face to face with “people who don’t just whisper ‘oh god what’s happening after I leave the room.‘” Baldwin’s Trump follows up that reference to the whispers of White House in-fighting with repeated references to his act of aggression in Syria.
But the cleverest moment of the sketch came when Baldwin addressed why Trump voters continue to back the president even as his administration works against their interests. “It’s like you found a finger in your chili and you’re still going to eat the chili because you told everyone how much you love chili,” Baldwin’s Trump assesses. Ah, “finger chili,” the best metaphor for this administration yet.
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