“SNL” parodied Fox News’ “Fox & Friends” morning show, the one that seems to have the ear, and spur the tweets, of the president.
Alec Baldwin returned to “Saturday Night Live” as President Donald Trump for the first time in 2018, tuning in from his bed at the White House to call in to the show.
Alex Moffat, Heidi Gardner and Beck Bennett played hosts Steve Doocy, Ainsley Earhardt and Brian Kilmeade, starting the show off by calling the White House to talk to Hope Hicks, played by Cecily Strong. The hosts pointed out Hicks’ meteoric rise from former model to White House communications director.
“There are no real jobs here,” Strong’s Hicks replied. “Every day feels like when a group of strangers works together to push a beached whale back into the sea.”
The sketch also struggled with a technical flub, with Strong getting pushed out of the frame by an accidentally errant camera.
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Next, the hosts called on someone who had a history of claiming the FBI was a deep state conspiracy: Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, played by Chris Redd.
It was clear the hosts had no idea who Farrakhan was.
“If the FBI can go after the president, aren’t you worried they might come after you?” Bennett’s Kilmeade asked.
“No, God is justice and he is on the rise,” Redd responded as Farrakhan. “Retribution pleases God and all of you are going to die. All of you in this room. All of you. It is all upon you, thank you for having me.”
Finally, the “Fox & Friends” hosts found themselves talking to Trump himself, played again by Alec Baldwin.
“Right now I’m getting my daily intelligence briefing,” Baldwin’s Trump said.
“From who?” Moffat asked as Doocy.
“From you,” said Trump.
Trump then launched into talking about all the positive praise he’d gotten from his State of the Union speech.
“A lot of people are saying it was better than Martin Luther King’s ‘I Dream of Jeannie’ speech,” Trump told the hosts.
Baldwin’s Trump also talked about the memo written by Rep. Devin Nunes about the FBI investigation into the Trump campaign’s collusion with Russia.
“This memo might be the greatest memo since the Declaration of Independence,” Baldwin’s Trump said. “I don’t know, I haven’t read either of them.”
Trump ended by asking the “Fox & Friends” to reaffirm what he keeps saying.
“Who’s the most innocent guy in the whole wide world?” Trump asked.
“You are!” the hosts replied.