“Just tried watching Saturday Night Live – unwatchable!” the 70-year-old President-elect tweeted. “Totally biased, not funny and the Baldwin impersonation just can’t get any worse. Sad.”
Baldwin, 58, wasn’t about to let Trump have the last word, however, and responded shortly afterward with his own clap back. “… @realDonaldTrump Release your tax returns and I’ll stop. Ha,” he wrote.
On the Saturday, December 3, episode of the sketch comedy show, the actor once again reprised his much-lauded impersonation of the real estate mogul in the show’s cold open. In it, he and adviser Kellyanne Conway (Kate McKinnon) are seated at a desk in Trump Tower, where two suits are trying to brief Trump on Syria.
The President-elect, however, keeps getting distracted by his phone, retweeting random people from all over the country, including Seth, a 16-year-old high school student.
“I just retweeted the best tweet,” he told McKinnon-as-Conway. “I mean, wow, what a great, smart tweet. This could not wait. It was from a young man named Seth. He’s 16. He’s in high school. And I really did retweet him. Seriously. This is real.”
McKinnon’s Conway tries to explain Trump’s constant tweeting, but her efforts fall flat.
“You see, there is a reason actually that Donald tweets so much,” she says. “He does it to distract the media from his business conflicts and all the scary people in his Cabinet.”
“Actually, that’s not why I do it,” Baldwin’s Trump responds. “I do it because my brain is bad.”
Then, each time Baldwin-as-Trump tries to refocus on the task at hand, he gets sidetracked by yet another tweet that he feels the urge to retweet. At one point, he tells McKinnon’s Conway that he really will bunker down so that he can “build that swamp.”
“Don’t you mean drain the swamp and build the wall?” McKinnon’s Conway asks, startled. Baldwin’s Trump replies, “No, that’s too many things. Just smoosh them together."
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