It looks like Donald Trump was not impressed with the way Saturday Night Live lampooned his administration (again) this week.
This week's cold open imagined what Washington might be like right about now if Trump had not won the presidency in 2016, with Alec Baldwin returning to deliver his signature mouth-squinch as the POTUS in the It's a Wonderful Life-themed black-and-white short guided by Kenan Thompson's Clarence the Angel.
The segment features Sarah Huckabee-Sanders (Aidy Bryant) as a PR rep to a slew of other controversial companies, Kellyanne Conway (Kate McKinnon) feeling pretty radiant about the lack of lies in her life, Eric Trump (Alex Moffat) having earned a few new IQ points, Melania Trump (Cecily Strong) as a real estate mogul in her own right, Michael Cohen (Ben Stiller) as a much peppier attorney-slash-fixer who's free to proceed on that Trump Tower Moscow project, Mike Pence (Beck Bennett) enjoying a post-political life as a spirited DJ. After seeing their happiness on parade, NotTrump concludes, "Wow, so everyone is better off without me being president."
The night's host, Matt Damon, also reprised his role as Brett Kavanaugh -- only this time, his love of beer and childhood friends named "Squi" is endearing -- and, last but not least, Robert De Niro arrived again as Robert Mueller, who was happy to have so much more time to spend with his grandson in retirement.
The real Donald Trump must not have enjoyed it too much, though, because on Sunday morning he tweeted his disdain for the show (which he has twice been host to prior to his presidency), calling it a "Democrat spin machine" that "defame[s] and belittle[s]" him.
A REAL scandal is the one sided coverage, hour by hour, of networks like NBC & Democrat spin machines like Saturday Night Live. It is all nothing less than unfair news coverage and Dem commercials. Should be tested in courts, can't be legal? Only defame & belittle! Collusion?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 16, 2018
Of course, the cold open may not have been the only SNL segment that bothered him last night.
Colin Jost and Michael Che's "Weekend Update" segment also went in hard on the news surrounding Trump's legal woes of late, saying "this last week was a pretty bad year for Donald Trump" before highlighting his assortment of crises. "Think about what's currently under investigation for him: Trump's campaign, his transition, his inauguration, his business and his presidency," Jost added, before mentioning the POTUS' alleged concerns about the potential for impeachment.
Jost and Che then went on to dig into some of those recent controversies, including the sentencing of his former personal attorney Michael Cohen for a litany of crimes, including campaign finance violations and lying to Congress about the timeline of Trump's Russian business projects, and his much-discussed meeting with congressional Democrat leaders, Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer.
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