Alec Baldwin’s Trump Googles “ISIS” [VIDEO]

Deadline recaps:

Alec Baldwin made his return as Saturday Night Live‘s Donald Trump tonight, with the President-elect more confused than belligerent, and joined in a surprise appearance by Jason Sudeikis as Mitt Romney. “This isn’t going to work, is it?,” a stiff and awkward Romney said after an uncomfortable few seconds with the Donald.

The show’s writers clearly worked fast today, referencing this afternoon’s meeting between Trump and Romney, as well as Mike Pence’s boo-filled visit to Broadway. “I heard you went to see Hamilton,” Baldwin’s Trump said to Beck Bennett’s Pence. “How was it?”

“It was good,” Pence replied. “I got a free lecture.” The gist of Baldwin’s brief cold open as Trump – no Hillary this week, with Kate McKinnon instead playing an exhausted and exasperated KellyAnne Conway – was Trump’s slowly dawning realization of what he’s gotten himself into.

  • Trump at the computer:

    • kaydenpat

      Why are you insulting that cute monkey? It probably has more integrity and intelligence than Trump/Pence combined.

      • Ross

        The lint under my sofa has more integrity and intelligence than Trump/Pence combined.

    • Marti386

      That about sums it up.

    • Bj Lincoln

      It can be frustrating if you can’t read.

      • perversatile

        -and your hands are too small to type with properly.

    • Mark Cross

      It will occur to the monkey eventually that he needs to turn the computer on.
      That is the difference between the monkey and Trump.

  • Carl

    The one bit of truth is that Pence will be an even stronger VP than Cheney. Shudder.

    • kaydenpat

      And that is the reason we should be horrified for what the next 4 years hold for non-Trumpets.

      • Blake Jordan

        The only ones that won’t suffer are the 0.1%

        Being a straight, white, cisgender male (who is part of the 99.9%) is not going to turn out to be that much of a benefit in the long run…

        E.g. They will lose their healthcare, or at least have to go into significant debt to cover it…

  • T-Batwoman

    That was really great and on point!

  • IamM

    It’d be more funny if the reality weren’t so terrifying. And I don’t buy KellyAnne as being capable of remorse.

    • Ross

      She’s not.

      She’s evil.

      Read about her history.

    • lymis

      I don’t see her as capable of remorse, but I do see her as capable of seeing her future career prospects. And despairing.

      • The Sentinel

        KellyAnne will do just fine in our New World Order. Believe me, she’s not despairing. If only.

        • cowboyinbrla

          Exactly. If she can sell Trump to Americans, she can sell anything to just about anyone.

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    • Marti386

      Well, they needed to give Kate McKinnon something to do.

      It’s not like she can do Hillary anymore. 🙁

      • IamM

        I love Kate. And the performance was wonderful. I just don’t believe the real KellyAnne has any morals.

        • ohbear1957

          They needed to reset Kate’s make-up gun to “Jan Brewer” or “Desiccated Liver.”

        • Marti386

          Maybe she has “buyers remorse”. 😛

      • Dramphooey

        Basically they needed somebody to do that bit on stage and chose Conway. Perhaps a more mainstream Republican would have been more appropriate but right now they’re all kowtowing so who do you go with?

      • J Ascher

        I can imagine, when things go askew with the Trump Administration, SNL will have a skit showing what a Hillary presidency could have been like.

    • ericxdc

      All of this would be great satire… if it wasn’t reality. As reality, yes, it’s absolutely terrifying. From the nation electing a misogynist fascist who flirts with nazi-wannabees, to that misogynist fascist using the power of his future position as president (my god, i still can’t believe i’m typing those words) to completely undermine both freedom of the press and dissent.

      And it’s the a “failing and foolish” New York Times, a “”highly overrated” Broadway play , and a “totally one-sided, biased show – nothing funny at all” tv show that dare cross his self-defined standard of loyalty and respect.

      This is the use of propaganda by the President of the United States to destroy opponents. Publicly and without shame. Will we survive Trump? I ask that question today in all seriousness. I hope I can answer it positively in four year. But I really do fear what’s to come.

      What the F**K America? Really… WTF?

    • StudioTodd

      Sine the election, she’s completely walked away from trying to be the somewhat reasonable voice of the campaign. She now shows her true IDGAF superior attitude every time she appears on TV.

  • Anastasia Beaverhousen

    Let’s buy Donald a ticket to “Hamilton”, he will actually then know something about how real government works.

    • Silver Badger

      No need. There will be ample opportunity to show trump how much he is “loved” in America.

    • Dramphooey

      Let’s save money and just boo.

    • coram nobis

      Send him to see “Evita”, or maybe “Let ‘Em Eat Cake,” if there’s a revival of either. “Macbeth” wouldn’t be a bad idea either, esp. if it’s a musical version.

    • J Ascher

      Hamilton, Ontario – not Hamilton, Bermuda!

  • Silver Badger

    I was going to take a break for a couple of weeks until I realized that when the shooting starts, there will be no breaks for anyone. Time to toughen up and get with the program.

  • MBear

    It’s just not funny anymore

    • Yalma Cuder-Zicci

      It stopped being funny a long time ago.

    • Lakeview Bob

      I agree. I am still in mourning.

    • Dramphooey

      It wasn’t funny when Trump started picking up steam and everyone on the left pooh-poohed his chances and laughed and said “wait until the debates!” It wasn’t funny the majority here mocked and wished poison on Nate Silver for warning “uh … guys … it’s actually closer than you think.” That’s when it wasn’t funny.

      • MBear

        It stopped being funny when there was a concerted effort by radicalized republican leaders who orchestrated the dumbing down of the voting population by destroying any viable education system.

  • andrew

    Lets hope the Romney thing does work. He is head and shoulders above all the other people who seem to be surrounding the totally unprepared for the job, Trump.

  • Natty Enquirer

    McKinnon was terrific, as usual. The rest — meh.

    • Bj Lincoln

      I thought so too. I’m glad she can do something now that she is not playing Clinton but then I hope DEC. 19th changes all that.

  • Dramphooey

    Hey, I was just reading this interesting article about Stephen Colbert’s Election show, which of course basically collapsed because of the results.

    “We only did about 20 minutes of material before we went, fuck it, it’s going to be him, let’s just talk for another hour. We have two and a half whole shows that you will never ever see of material that we had to kill that night.”

    That unaired material included a number of pretaped pieces and a parade of naked men “with high, tight butts,” said Colbert. “They were going to going to come out there and painted on their asses, it said, ‘I’m with her, exclamation point.'”

    Awww! I want to see that!

  • Treant

    Not funny, unfortunately. Mostly because I expect most of this is accurate, except for KellyAnne’s reaction. The real one doesn’t care, has no remorse, and would happily kill people asking for audiences if it earned her a buck.

    • Lazycrockett

      Exactly trying to show that evil person is somehow full of regret for getting Drumpf elected is a bridge I refuse to cross.

      • andymac3

        She used to work for NOM, also worked for Ted Cruz superpac, has been a regular critic of the Clintons for the past 20 years on hundreds of TV appearances, her husband was part of the Paula Jones sexual harassment case. She is about as soulless and anti LGBT as the Pence monster. She has no regrets, this is a personal victory for her.

  • joe ho

    Trump is giving real power to authoritarians and bigots.

    The kleptocracy has begun and cable news is still playing along with him for ratings.

    We shouldn’t lose focus of the grave danger of what’s really going on.

  • dr morbius
    • coram nobis

      Indeed, and so was Mikhail Khodorkovsky.

  • worstcultever
    • glass

      Between SNL performances and Tweets, Alec will be a very busy man.

  • Lakeview Bob

    This makes me sad. It is like a premonition of things to come. The Ghost of President Future?

  • there will be so much infighting going on in this administration it’s hard to keep track of all the possibilities. and with drumpf at the head, the potential for endless squabbling is even greater.

    i’m thinking of a number of euro kings and queens, back in the olden days. sometimes, they would be awesome people. but sometimes, even if they were chomping at the bit to become Sovereign, a lot of them didn’t want to do any of the work of that job once they had it and/or lacked the intellectual skills for it. revolutions have started due to that kind of situation. not only bc of mismanagement, but b/c clueless kings are susceptible to all manner of whispers from anyone with access. eventually they become paranoid and sick their minions upon one another. the fallout is rarely pretty.

    drumpf took a couple of lists from a couple of thugs he respects or at least listened to as it became obvious he was going to be the nom. what does he really know about any of these people he’s nominating for this or that office? nothing, i guarantee it. he won’t know which ones are ambitious and intelligent, which ones are fail-upwards flunkies, and which ones are true believers. he’ll know most of them are con artists. which ones he will favor will probably vary as widely as during the campaign, when he couldn’t make up his mind if he hated or loved this or that concern or individual. ‘mercurial’ barely contains enough description for this man.

    it’s gonna be a bumpy ride, i know that much. but the infighting will be amusing, and it’s coming. soon.

  • The infighting coming soon to the New Order & administration will be Epic. You can hear the squabbling already. Which ones will be snout first at the trough?

    It’s not like Drumpf even knows who most off “his” nominees are. He be overwhelmed by their endless demands for priority.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Buckle up Donnie, you’re about to get a healthy dose of the 1st Amendment for the next 4 years…..suck it up buttercup.

  • Gigi

    I can’t laugh at what might be one of the worst periods in American history. Many of my Canadian friends are refusing to visit any Red state while Trump is in power. They’re terrified of encountering jubilant, dead eyed “WE WON!!!!!” Trumpettes. My reply them is, “More than half of the country didn’t vote for him. Don’t punish them for the foolishness of others.”

    • Hue-Man

      Barely 19% of U.S. population voted for Trump. Some couldn’t – children, non-citizens, felons, etc. – and other couldn’t be bothered.

  • Mike__in_Houston

    I’ve only watched Saturday Night Live four or five times since the original cast left back in 1980, although, amazingly, I was watching the night of William Shatner’s now infamous “Get a Life” appearance (or maybe it was the rerun). I’ve spent so much time worrying over the Trump/Pence upcoming attack on America that I really enjoyed taking a brief break from it. A few comments:

    I hope Trump’s presidency gives Alec Baldwin steady employment on SNL for the next (gag) four years. I didn’t realize until reading another article on last night’s cold open that the “equal time” response was from Alec Baldwin himself. Good for him.

    Beck Bennett is way too handsome, not to mention nowhere smug-looking enough, to be playing Mike Pence. I hope they keep him all the same.

    Oh, and somebody please tell Trump that if he decides to nuke Studio 8-H over future cold opens, the effect may extend beyond the walls of that room.

    • coram nobis

      Kate MacKinnon has a fun new role. The despair and panic on her face was superb.

      • CharlestonDave

        She lacks the frozen smile and Botox upper face.

        • coram nobis

          She looks like a human being trapped in the Shining Bates Motel. Such a lovely place; such a lovely face.

  • bob

    It was a pretty good skit, maybe closer to the truth than we imagine !

  • coram nobis

    Alec Baldwin also does serious, in a role (Robert Jackson) that is perhaps on point. The text, BTW, is an edited version of the real speech.

  • JellyDonut

    Now how many Trump supporters are going to remember all the broken promises Trump has made