A rip-roaring season that saw "Saturday Night Live" return to its glory with pointed political satire closed out this week. And with it, Donald Trump's reign on SNL ended not with a bang, but with a swan song.
In the only political sketch of the day, Alec Baldwin came back with his iconic impression of POTUS.
The cold-open was in sharp contrast to the other sketches of the season, where the country seemed to be devolving in chaos as Trump braved an alien attack, had to play host to a fabulously shirtless Putin and was put in quite a dilemma when he had to choose between his son-in-law Jared Kushner and Steve Bannon.
Trump sat passively, playing the piano and crooning "Hallelujah." He was soon joined by members of his inner circle: Kellyanne Conway, Mike Pence, Steve Bannon, Ivanka and Melania Trump and Kushner. Trump rarely looks up or acknowledges their presence; he seems to be lost in a reverie. And so Trump exits, quietly.
SNL may be on to something here. The sketch is reminiscent of Kate McKinnon's sketch where she played Hillary Clinton after her defeat. The sketch marked the end of McKinnon's impression of Clinton. If this tradition is anything to go by, Baldwin may also be retiring from his Trump impression.
But not before one final cutting line from Baldwin showing just how intractable Trump's denial is about the deep trouble he's in. Check out the video.
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