Saturday Night Live parodied Morning Joe — and the previously under wraps, but now public romance of anchors Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough, who recently got engaged — in this week’s cold open, having the hosts field a phone call from none other than Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump posing as his own publicist.
Kate McKinnon assumed the part of Brzezinski with Alex Moffat as Scarborough in the bit, which saw the pair discussing the American Health Care Act passing in the House of Representatives, resulting in some fiery political talk and fiery chemistry.
“Oh Mika, that’s enough. You’re being snickety because you know it pushes my buttons,” Moffat’s Scarborough said to McKinnon’s Brzezinski about her political opinions. To which Brzezinski responded, “Does it…push your buttons?” They take a moment, stare into each others’ eyes, and make everyone feel uncomfortable, including veteran columnist Mike Barnicle (Bobby Moynihan).
There’s more where that came from — the ante is later upped to nose nibbling — as NBC News senior political analyst Mark Halperin (Beck Bennett) and Willie Geist (Mikey Day) are also made to feel awkward.
But beyond the flirtation, it was Baldwin who stole the show, voicing “John Miller,” a so-called publicist for President Trump (who is actually just President Trump). Baldwin didn’t appear on the SNL broadcast, and his segment was done over the phone — presumably, because scheduling didn’t allow Baldwin to appear on the show this week. The Miller character is based on a real incident, as it was previously reported Trump acted as his own fictional publicist, at times, during the 1980s and 1990s in phone calls with reporters. (The Washington Post published audio of a conversation between “Miller” and a reporter last year.)