NBC has been promoting the Saturday premiere of “Saturday Night Live” all week and the first episode certainly didn’t disappoint. Actor Alec Baldwin has been brought on to portray Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump until the November elections at the urging of former cast member Tina Fey, according to USA Today.
“She said, ‘You know who would be a great Trump is Alec!'” executive producer Lorne Michaels recalls. “I talked to Alec, who was finishing a movie, he was getting ready to have a baby — it couldn’t have been worse timing. But, slowly, the idea grew on me. People on the show liked it, and I thought he’d be great with Kate,” he said referencing Kate McKinnon, who plays Hillary Clinton.
Baldwin donned Don’s signature hair, pasted on some fuzzy eyebrows and pursed his lower lip and he was ready to go. Kate McKinnon came out coughing in a pantsuit and fell over doing a summersault like Willie Wonka.
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“Good evening America,” Baldwin said as Trump. “I’m going to be so good tonight. I’m going to be so calm and so presidential that all of you watching are going to cream your jeans.”
At one point Baldwin refers to moderator Lester Holt as “jazz man” and perfectly pronounced China the way Trump often does. He then quickly takes credit for already winning the debate, “If Hillary knew how, she would have done it already. Period. End of story. I won the debate. I stayed calm. Just like I promised. And it is over.”
Holt then told him he couldn’t leave because it was a 90-minute debate.
“My microphone is broken,” Baldwin as Trump said, looking panicked. “She broke it with Obama. She and Obama stole my microphone and took it to Kenya and they broke it and now it’s broken.”
He then starts sniffling and pretends like it’s someone else before ultimately blaming it on Clinton. “She’s been sniffling all night.”
“Secretary Clinton, what do you think about that,” Holt asks.
“I think I’m going to be president,” McKinnon said.
When given time to respond McKinnon said, “Oh, its ok, he can have mine.”
“The thing about the blacks is that they’re killing each other,” Baldwin as Trump said. He then went on to claim all of the blacks live on one street in Chicago and are shooting each other while McKinnon as Clinton stood aghast.
The Alicia Machado issue came up and Trump quickly turned his attention to calling Rosie O’Donnell names. McKinnon as Clinton began to cry because the debate was going so well.
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Beto O’Rourke calls for a ‘war tax’ in release of health care plan for veterans
The Democratic presidential candidate uses his eighth policy announcement to focus on an area that he prioritized in Congress.
Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke on Monday morning released a plan to improve the lives of veterans, returning to an area of priority during his time in the U.S. House for his latest 2020 policy rollout.
In keeping with measures he supported in Congress, the plan calls for a "responsible end" to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan — reinvesting $1 out of every $2 saved in veterans programs — and the creation of a Veterans Health Care Trust Fund for each future war. The fund would be paid for by a "war tax" on households without service members or veterans.
Conservative Ben Shapiro tweeted something many found offensive — so now he’s calling his critics ‘garbage’
Right wing "thought leader" Ben Shapiro appeared today to say not using the "N" word is nearly impossible as he defended conservative, pro-gun teen Kyle Kashuv, one of the Parkland survivors who just had his acceptance to Harvard rescinded over his racist remarks, which included repeated use of the "N" word.
To be clear, Shapiro denies that's what he meant.
Here is Shapiro on Twitter, in what many took as him appearing to call not using the "N" word – in Kashuv's case, repeatedly, over and over and over again, "an insane, cruel standard no one can possibly meet."