Alec Baldwin returned to “Saturday Night Live” this weekend in his first post-election appearance, portraying President-elect Donald Trump as he grapples with his transition from candidate into head of state.
The cold open didn’t feature a bombastic Trump, but one slowly coming to terms with the reality of what the presidency entails. Campaign manager Kellyanne Conway, played by Kate McKinnon, increasingly grows nauseated as she ushers in person after person to meet with the new president.
After Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, tells Trump how excited he is to hear about the “secret” plan to defeat the Islamic State, Trump turns to his laptop. “Okay, right, here we go. Here we go. Big plan. Big plan. Google, ‘What is ISIS?’” Trump says. “Oh my — 59 million results.”
He then picks up his phone: “Siri, how do I kill ISIS?” Turns out he was talking into a Blackberry.
The episode drew instant criticism from real-life Trump on Twitter, a day after he demanded an apology from the cast of “Hamilton,” who had recited a short message to audience member Vice President-Elect Mike Pence.