'Saturday Night Live' opening skit puts Trump in Boone County
- Author: Larry Hoffman Apr 10, 2017,
Apr 10, 2017, 10:45
In the first bit, Baldwin skewers working-class white supporters of President Trump with a visit to Kentucky's Boone County.
Instead O'Reilly brings on President Trump, also played by Baldwin using a pre-recording on a split-screen. It was amusing, in places, but it was also preaching to the blue-state choir just as surely as Sean Hannity or Rush Limbaugh or Bill O'Reilly - wait! In "Thank You, Scott", cast members Cecily Strong, Kenan Thompson and Sasheer Zamata sang of how grateful they are for Scott fixing "everything" by posting "Black Lives Matter" on his Twitter bio (for example) from the comfort of his sofa.
Trump/Baldwin bragged about his big week, which included the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court and ordering missile strikes against Syria.
Birthday Clown - The way Louis C.K. plays this so straight is a huge part of what makes this work so well, but Bobby Moynihan does an awesome job of being on the verge of being scared and just going on with his show in this weird situation.
The crowd asked questions.
"Mr. President, thank you so much but all we want is good jobs, ' the man said. They don't have to be in coal", Day's character says. Asked whether there might be other employment opportunities, he responded: "Sorry, hombre, it's all coal". "Folks who don't whisper, 'Oh, God, what's happening?' after I leave the room", explained Baldwin as Trump.
"Ok, but when she said "no, ' what was her vibe?"
"I'm talking to the Freedom Caucus and we're going to get rid of it". "Like, when she said 'no, ' did her eyes say 'yes?' Sometimes they'll do that".
"Early on during the campaign, I thought that "SNL" was getting a little too nasty", he said, then turning to the camera to give a message to his brother.
"It's like you found a finger in your chili", Trump declares, "but you still eat the chili because you told everyone how much you love chili - it's tremendous!"
The skit featured Beck Bennett as the ad's excited creator who realizes the problem after it's too late. In fact, Baldwin's Trump even remarked that he sees a lot of himself in O'Reilly, which serves as a nod to them both being played by the same person and the fact that these two men have a lot of not-so-great things in common.