Actor Alec Baldwin returned to “Saturday Night Live” as US President Donald Trump on Saturday to mock the real-life bloopers made by the White House in the past week, with chief strategist Steve Bannon cast as the Grim Reaper.
The cold open begins with Trump flanked by an assistant who assures him that his daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared have gone home for Shabbat.
“Perfect,” Trump quips. “When the Jews are away, the goys will play. Send in Steve Bannon.” Trump’s chief strategist then enters the Oval Office dressed as the Grim Reaper.
The president shares with his adviser that he is “tired and cranky” from a long day. Accordingly, Bannon uses the opportunity to goad the president into making a series of rash calls to world leaders in order to flaunt American power.
The first call, with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, mocked the real conversation between the two heads of state this week, during which Trump reportedly hung up on the Australian leader.
Feeling bold, Trump moves on to call the leaders of Mexico and Germany, trying to trick the former into agreeing to pay for the wall that the White House has promised to build on its southwestern border.
To German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Trump references International Holocaust Remembrance Day, pointing out that six million people attended his inauguration, despite the media refusing to cover it. He suggests that he will one day write a memoir on his fight and call it “My Struggle,” asking a horrified Merkel how that could best be translated into German.
Trump eventually hangs up on Merkel when she corrects him for mispronouncing her first name.
Later in the episode, comedian Melissa McCarthy played White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer in another skit. When one reporter pressed Spicer on the absence of any reference to the Jewish people in the White House’s Holocaust Remembrance Day statement, the journalist found himself being shot at by the press secretary with a toy water gun.
The White House has doubled down on its omission of Jews from the January 27 statement, with reports suggesting the administration nixed an earlier version that explicitly mentioned Jews.
In his statement from International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Trump vowed to combat the forces of evil and called on listeners to “make love and tolerance prevalent throughout the world,” but failed to mention Jews or anti-Semitism.
The omission was condemned by numerous Jewish organizations, including the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), the Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC), and the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA). Democratic Virginia Senator Tim Kaine called it Holocaust denial.