'SNL' Mocks Donald Trump's Cabinet Picks, Affinity for Tweeting
Alec Baldwin's portrayal of Donald Trump was absent from this weekend's episode of "Saturday Night Live," but the show's cold open still skewered the Republican president-elect -- namely the background of his cabinet picks -- and still featured a guest star: "Breaking Bad" actor Bryan Cranston.
And guest host John Cena filled Baldwin's shoes, in a sketch later on in the show, where Cena plays Trump having a strange fever dream, that mocks the size of his hands and his affinity for slamming the accuracy of mainstream news organizations.
Could this be what Trump sees when he looks in the mirror? #CenaOnSNL pic.twitter.com/fSd9Npb1Il— Saturday Night Live (@nbcsnl) December 11, 2016
Life is a series of ups and downs. #CenaOnSNL pic.twitter.com/ISZdoWcUrQ— Saturday Night Live (@nbcsnl) December 11, 2016
The cold open featured "SNL" cast member Beck Bennett as CNN anchor Jake Tapper interviewing cast member Kate McKinnon's Kellyanne Conway, Trump's senior adviser.
Asks Bennett's Tapper, "Are these bad picks?"
Then, in a nod to incoming White House chief strategist Steve Bannon's connection to the alt-right movement, McKinnon's Conway says, "No Jake, they are not bad. They are -good."
Kellyanne's spin will make you dizzy. #CenaOnSNL pic.twitter.com/bjF4wzO0Wn— Saturday Night Live (@nbcsnl) December 11, 2016
Then, in an announcement dripping with irony, one of the "picks" is introduced.
"We have some breaking news tonight," says Bennett's Tapper. "President-elect Trump has just made his choice for the head of the DEA, the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency, and it's a high sccool science teacher from New Mexico named Walter White."
Welcome to the Trump administration, Walter White. #CenaOnSNL pic.twitter.com/aPaceUQcO0— Saturday Night Live (@nbcsnl) December 11, 2016
Out comes Cranston, whose iconic Walter White character on the TV series "Breaking Bad" was a drug kingpin who manufactured meth.
"Walter is amazing," gushes McKinnon's Conway. "He came highly recommended by Steve Bannon."
Says Cranston's White, with a sly smile, "Oh yah, Steve's the best. We've had some times."
Ask Bennett's Tapper? "Where did Mr Bannon find you?"
"In the comments section of Breitbart," says Cranston's White, in a nod to the website Bannon previously ran.
Bennett's Tapper, seemingly suspicious, asks "And you're a high school teacher?"
"Yah," Cranston's White sheepishly answers.
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