“SNL” took on the American Health Care Act, also known as Trumpcare, in its cold open, as Alec Baldwin’s Donald Trump called into NBC News’ “Morning Joe.”
Trump, posing as “Publicist John Miller,” an alias Trump has used to call media and talk about himself in the past, called in to “Morning Joe” hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, played by Alex Moffat and Kate McKinnon. You can see the full sketch above.
“First, I want to wish everyone a happy Cinco de Mayo,” Baldwin’s Trump said, “when Mexicans eat a sink full of mayonnaise.”
“Mr. Miller, do you work in the White House?” Bzezinski asked.
“I do. I work very hard,” Trump answered. “So incredibly hard, Mika. I am just celebrating the fantastic success we had yesterday with the new health care law. After Congress voted, we had a party. There was beer. The disaster that is Obamacare is finally repealed.”
Baldwin’s Trump called into the show but seemed surprised to learn that, despite the AHCA being passed in the House of Representatives, Obamacare had not actually been repealed yet.
“It’s not repealed yet. The bill has to pass the Senate,” Scarborough noted.
“What now?” Trump asked.
“The bill goes through the Senate. They might even rewrite the entire thing if they pass it at all.”
“But there was beer,” Trump insisted.
“Mr. Miller, the bill has a long way to go,” Scarborough said. “It seems a little premature to celebrate.”
“You know what, we are going to look into this,” Trump said, hurrying off the phone. “Talk to you soon. Bye-bye.”
Meanwhile, Brzezinski and Scarborough continually found themselves arguing over politics. Much to the chagrin of the other journalists on the show, their arguments kept degrading into awkward moments of sexual tension. In real life, the Scarborough and Brzezinski recently announced they’re engaged.
“Oh, Mika, you are being snik snikity, because it pushes my buttons,” Moffat’s Scarborough said.
“It pushes your buttons?” McKinnon’s Brzezinski returned, as the pair started making eyes at each other.
Scarborough next kicked over to Mike Barnicle, played by Bobby Moynihan, whose shocked face showed just how confused he was about the relationship of the pair of politically opposed hosts.