We all need a little comedy to get through these dark and brutal times when white supremacists are taking to streets to promote their nationalist agenda and the leader of the nation is not so subtly emboldening them even further.
A lot has happened since “Saturday Night Live” wrapped up for the summer, which means the show will have a lot of comedy fodder when it finally returns this fall. In the meantime, in order to placate viewers, the folks at NBC decided to release special “Weekend Update: Summer Edition,” which has largely been hit and miss with audiences.
Last week, SNL alum Tina Fey appeared on the show to discuss the political discourse in the country. This week, the show took it a step further by inviting the man who’s iconic impersonation of President Donald Trump has earned him people’s praise and the president’s ire.
The segment, obviously, started with the president commenting on his famous solar eclipse gaffe.
“How about that eclipse, folks?” he began, wearing dark glasses. “A lot of people don't know this but you can damage your eyes by looking into the eclipse. No one predicted this, they wouldn't have. I figured it out all by myself. let me take these glasses off and see what you people look like. Wow, everyone’s so white, so white here. It's fantastic.”
He then greeted Kenan Thompson’s Michael Symonette — the infamous “Blacks for Trump” guy — who was coincidentally seated directly behind him, before defending his remarks on the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.
“As we all know, there was a tragic victim that came out of Charlottesville. Me,” Baldwin’s Trump exclaimed. “Folks, the media has treated me so unfairly by reporting my entire remarks, even the bad ones.”
Then, deciding to give Bannon a final goodbye, the president invited him on stage.
“Steve, we love you,” Baldwin's Trump told the Grim Reaper.
“I’m going to crush you,” the specter replied.
Watch the entire segment, which is also the final episode of the short-run series, in the video above.
Thumbnail/Banner: Reuters, Stephanie Keith