As the headline-grabbing personalities of Donald Trump’s administration keep making themselves known to the American public, new opportunities for the S.N.L. cast to unveil wickedly memorable impressions keep cropping up. Kate McKinnon and Beck Bennett have already made a splash as Kellyanne Conway and Vladimir Putin, respectively. Frequent guest John Goodman got early dibs on Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. But the honors of portraying Trump’s closest advisor and Time magazine cover boy, Steve Bannon, belong to new cast member Mikey Day in full Grim Reaper drag.
Waiting until after Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump left for Shabbat, the skeletal Bannon whispered all sorts of terrible suggestions in Trump’s ear.
In addition to the Grim Bannon, Bennett’s Prime Minister Turnbull, McKinnon’s Angela Merkel, and Alex Moffat’s Mexican President Nieto all got a chance to spar with Baldwin’s Trump as S.N.L. revisited some of the high-profile and confrontational calls the commander-in-chief had with foreign leaders this week.
Also ripe for mockery: Trump’s Apprentice remarks, his Frederick Douglass gaffe, and a Holocaust Remembrance Day joke that had Trump bragging to Merkel that “6 million” people were . . . at his inauguration. Among all the greatest Trump hits, there was a slick little German language joke. Baldwin’s Trump claimed that he was working on his memoir, which would be called “My Struggle,” and asked McKinnon’s Merkel what that would be called in German. The answer, of course: Mein Kampf.
But all of these impressions and jokes surely pale in comparison to Kenan Thompson’s Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe calling Trump a “little white bitch.” If the S.N.L. gloves were ever on, they’re off now.