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Darrell Hammond and Fred Armisen Surprised in Cold Open
Saturday Night Live has been doing Trump-centric cold opens for a while now. And though this week’s edition once again featured Alec Baldwin’s familiar Trump impression, it uprooted the setting from the White House to a Trump rally, injecting some welcome new energy into the long-recurring segment.
The sketch parodied Trump’s September rally in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and featured members of the SNL cast playing Trump’s most rabid followers.
“Explain to everyone what the Dems are doing with this impeachment,” Baldwin’s Trump instructed one follower, played by Cecily Strong.
“This man is under attack,” she declared. “It’s deep state lizard conspiracy and everyone’s in on it—the C.I.A., the F.B.I., the M-I-C, the K-E-Y, and the M-O-U-S-E.”
“All this man did was shake down a foreign government to get dirt on his political enemy,” said Mikey Day, playing a Biker for Trump. “I mean, is that wrong?”
“Yes,” answered the crowd in unison before Trump corrected them. “Sorry, no,” the rally attendees amended. “I forgive you,” Trump told his followers, “here are some Snickers and Juul pods.”
Before being hustled off stage, another Trump fan played by Aidy Bryant grabbed the mic to get a final word in, saying that, “The world is flat and Beyoncé is white.”
Pete Davidson appeared as a newly-freed ISIS fighter, and Alex Moffat stepped up to the podium as a Facebook head Mark Zuckerberg. And it wouldn’t be an SNL political sketch without a special guest or two, and this time alum Darrell Hammond, who currently serves as the show’s announcer, dropped by as a Bill Clinton who “just followed the party” and wound up at the Trump rally.
“Bill, you know I’m getting impeached, right?” asked Baldwin.
“You are?” said Hammond. “You dirty dog.”
“No, it’s not for that,” replied Baldwin, “they don’t mind when I do that.”
Fred Armisen also appeared as Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who assured Trump that he’s treating the newly-abandoned Kurds “really well,” before heralding his friendship with the American president. “It’s like when Franco and Mussolini would take vacations together,” said Armisen. Check out the full segment below.
Gabrielle Bruney is a writer and editor for Esquire, where she focuses on politics and culture.