Saturday Night Live has been on hiatus since before President Donald Trump’s shutdown showdown started.
SNL opened its first show of 2019 with a skit that found Trump playing Deal or No Deal over the re-opening of the government.
Kenan Thompson played show host Steve Harvey, taking Alec Baldwin’s Trump character through negotiations with Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, Mitch McConnell and a Clemson football player.
“Earlier today you went on TV and you told the American people that you wanted to make a deal,” the host said. “So we decided to do this in the only format you understand: a TV game show with women holding briefcases.”
Pelosi, played by the always dead-on Kate McKinnon, offered Trump a billion “to say Nancy’s my mommy,” which Trump rejected.
“One billion, that’s a lot of money,” said the Harvey character.
“Yes, but it’s not $5 billion and I need $5 billion because—it’s the first random number I said,” Trump answered.
Later in the skit, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez makes her SNL debut.
“Trump and the GOP are just terrified of me because I’m under 100 and I’m good at Instagram,” she said.
In the end, Trump does strike a deal to end the government shutdown “and release the kids from cages.”
Trump picks Antonin Scalia’s son to replace disgraced former Labor Secretary: report
On Thursday, NPR reported that President Donald Trump is naming Eugene Scalia, the son of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, to take over as Secretary of Labor.
Scalia, who served on the court from 1986 to his death in 2016, was known as one of the staunchest conservatives on the bench. His seat was deliberately kept vacant by Republicans for over a year to deny President Barack Obama the ability to make an appointment to it.
The Department of Labor was until this month run by former federal prosecutor Alexander Acosta, who resigned in disgrace amid renewed questions about his role in brokering a potentially illegal sweetheart plea agreement with hedge fund manager and accused child sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein.
Trump official melts down on MSNBC after refusing to admit Trump lied to America
On Thursday's edition of MSNBC's "The Beat," Ari Melber confronted acting Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Mark Morgan about President Donald Trump's empty threat of "mass raids" of communities nationwide by immigration officials — and Morgan was not pleased.
"The president said there would be these mass raids. Described as thousands of arrests," said Melber. "Were there mass raids, yes or no?"
"First of all, I don’t actually call this a raid," said Morgan. "I think words matter."
"Words matter, so I’m going to get to your response," said Melber. "Were there mass raids as promised?"
DOJ policy blocking Trump from being indicted ‘factored into’ the end of the Stormy Daniels case: report
Federal prosecutors decided to close the investigation into the 2016 criminal hush money payment to Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal that benefitted the Trump campaign because, in part, of the policy that prevents the indictment of a sitting president, according to a new report from USA Today citing an anonymous source.
Michael Cohen has already pleaded guilty to the violation of campaign finance law. He said that he carried out the effort in coordination with and at the direction of then-candidate Donald Trump in order to increase his chances of victory in the 2016 presidential election.