SNL mocks the President’s COVID-19 diagnosis, Alec Baldwin defends playing Trump
The cast of Saturday Night Live took shots at the President’s health status throughout their season 46 premiere, just one day after he was admitted to the hospital for coronavirus.
The first jab came in before the show even started, when Alec Baldwin, who won an Emmy for his portrayal of the President, posted an image of himself as Trump wearing a mask and looking lethargic.
In the show’s cold open, Baldwin and Jim Carrey as Biden, reenacted the Presidential Debate. When closing out the sketch, Carrey’s Biden said, “You can trust me because I believe in science and karma. Now, just imagine if science and karma could somehow team up and send us all a message about how dangerous this virus can be.”
He then looked over at Baldwin’s Trump, “I’m not saying I want it to happen. Just imagine if it did.”
Host Chris Rock took a shot at the President with his first joke. “President Trump is in the hospital with Covid… and my heart goes out to Covid.
The Weekend Update’s Colin Jost and Michael Che didn’t pull their punches. “I’ve got to say, it’s a bad sign for America that when Trump said he tested positive for a virus, 60% of people were like ‘prove it.’” Jost joked.
He commented that it’s “weird” to see how many critics were wishing Trump well after his diagnosis. “I think a lot of them are just guilty that their first wish came true.”
To Che, the President’s hospitalization is a joking matter. “There’s a lot funny about this. Maybe not from a moral standpoint, but mathematically, if you were constructing the joke, this is all the ingredients you need.”
He ridiculed Trump for “maskless rallies” and wished him a long recovery. “By the way, is anyone surprised by this? I honestly thought Trump was trying to get coronavirus. I thought it was like ‘Groundhog Day’ when Bill Murray knew he couldn’t die and he was just trying anything.” Che snarked. “So, all those maskless rallies Trump was having, that was him being safe? Look, I don’t want the president to die, obviously. Actually, I wish him a very lengthy recovery.”
Jost wrapped the segment with a joke about Trump’s high spirits. “It sounds like they’re cutting his hydroxychloroquine with a little bit of molly.” Saying that if Biden was ill, “Trump would 100% be at a maskless rally tonight getting huge laughs doing an impression of Biden on a ventilator.”
After some viewers found jokes about the President’s health to be distasteful, Baldwin posted a video to Instagram defending the show.
“If there was ever the suggestion that Trump was truly, gravely ill, and people said, ‘Trump is really in trouble,’ then I would bet you everything I have that we wouldn’t even get near that, in terms of content of the show.”