Baldwin's Trump Returns to 'SNL' to Address Gun Violence, His Administration - NBC Chicago

Baldwin's Trump Returns to 'SNL' to Address Gun Violence, His Administration

"I said I was going to run this country like a business," Baldwin's Trump said. "That business is a Waffle House at 2 a.m."

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    Alec Baldwin reprised his role as President Donald Trump on "Saturday Night Live's" cold open to set the record straight on his administration, the NRA and how he'd be "running so fast" into a school shooting.

    Baldwin's Trump appeared on a mock version of "Anderson Cooper 360" to talk about the school shooting that left 17 people dead in Parkland, Florida. He read words of support off a small piece of paper, mirroring the real Trump's card of phrases he held while meeting Parkland victims. 

    "We have to take a hard look at mental health, which I have so much of," he said. "I have one of the healthiest mentals. My mentals are so high."

    Mocking a comment the real Trump said Monday, Baldwin's Trump said he would run into a school shooting and end it by himself. 

    "If I have to make America's schools safe all by myself, I will. Just like how I'm running the White House all by myself," he said, referring to the resignation of his communications director, Hope Hicks.

    "I said I was going to run this country like a business," Baldwin's Trump said. "That business is a Waffle House at 2 a.m. — crazies everywhere, staff walking out in the middle of their shift, managers taking money out of the cash register to pay off the Russian mob."

    On Friday, Baldwin and Trump exchanged jabs on Twitter after Baldwin was quoted referring to his impersonation of the president as "agony." Trump responded by tweeting that it was "agony for those who were forced to watch."

    Baldwin tweeted back: "Agony though it may be, I’d like to hang in there for the impeachment hearings, the resignation speech, the farewell helicopter ride to Mara-A-Lago. You know. The Good Stuff. That we’ve all been waiting for.


    Colin Jost and Michael Che kicked off "Weekend Update" by questioning who still works in the Trump administration after Hope Hicks resigned as Trump's communications director.

    "You know things are bad when a 29-year-old with no experience who works directly for the president of the United States thinks, 'I gotta get out of this dead-end job," Jost quipped. "She's resigning to pursue other opportunities the same way people on the Titanic decided they wanted to start 'seeing other boats.'"

    Hicks, played by Cecily Strong, joined Jost and Che to talk about her experience working at the White House. 

    "Working at the White House is like going to summer camp," she said. "You make all these new friends, you barely get any sleep and then everyone leaves after eight weeks."


    Leslie Jones also dropped by "Weekend Update" to talk about the the Winter Olympics. She told Jost she went to Pyeongchang and "fell in love with the events."

    Jones said her favorite event was hockey, which -in her words- is "violence on ice." Jones then brought out Hilary Knight, a member of Team USA's women's hockey team that won Olympic gold for the first time in 20 years. 


    Basketball analyst and former NBA star Charles Barkley hosted "SNL" for the fourth time, "for no reason." In his monologue, he slammed critics of athletes who have spoken out on political and social issues.

    "A lot of professional athletes are worried about speaking out might hurt their career. Well, here's something that contradicts all of that: Me," he said. "I've been saying whatever the hell I want for 30 years, and I'm doing great."

    Musical guest Migos performed two songs, "Stir Fry" and "Narcos."