Alec Baldwin returned as Donald Trump to ridicule this week’s rally in Phoenix.
The actor resumed the role that scored him an Emmy nomination on Thursday’s edition of Weekend Update, a summer spin-off of Saturday Night Live.
During an SNL-style cold open, Baldwin came out on stage wearing sunglasses. “Wow, how about that eclipse, folks, huh?” he said. “Now a lot of people don’t know this but you can damage your eyes while looking at the eclipse. No one predicted this, they couldn’t have, I figured it out all by myself.”
After taking off the glasses, he joked: “Wow, everyone is so white, so white here.”
He went on to address one of the questions that persist around Trump’s continued rallies: “People ask me, why are you doing a rally only eight months in?” he said. “Folks, it’s never too early to campaign for 2020. Mike Pence is already doing it.”
During Trump’s speech, he was criticized for using the events in Charlottesville to evoke sympathy for the way he’s been treated by the media.
“As we all know, there was a tragic victim that came out of Charlottesville: me,” he said. “Folks, the media has treated me so unfairly by reporting my entire remarks, even the bad ones.”
He continued: “The dishonest media … they won’t tell you about my accomplishments, but I’ve done so much. First off, last night I solved Afghanistan. Solved! I sat down with our military and asked the hard questions, like: which one is Afghanistan?”
He then listed people in his inner circle who have helped him during his presidency, including Steven Mnuchin’s wife, Louise Linton: “She gets…
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