Alec Baldwin's Trump mocks Harvey Weinstein on SNL
Forget cold open — this weekend’s Saturday Night Live kicked off with a cold shower.
Alec Baldwin returned to studio 8H as President Donald Trump to have some onscreen bathtime with Mike Pence (Beck Bennett), Jeff Sessions (Kate McKinnon), and Paul Manafort (Alex Moffat) in an absurd, political sketch that began with Trump and Manafort… clothed in an office.
“It’s a shame you’re going to prison because I was about to give you a huge tax break,” Trump says to Manafort before encouraging him to bring a “shiv” to prison. “Because after the stuff I’ve said about certain ethnic groups, they are really gonna go to town on you in prison.”
Soon enough, Trump and Manafort are in the shower, where Trump brought Manafort to make sure he’s not wearing a wire. There, Baldwin-as-POTUS makes a dig at Harvey Weinstein: “What an idiot that Harvey Weinstein is,” he says. “He could have gotten away with all of it if only he had gotten elected president.”
The joke came just hours after Baldwin announced he was leaving his personal Twitter account following criticism for comments the actor made during an interview about the Weinstein scandal and actress Rose McGowan. Baldwin was later slammed by actress Asia Argento, another one of Weinstein’s many accusers, as well as Argento’s significant other, Anthony Bourdain. (Baldwin, in turn, tweeted at both from his foundation’s Twitter account.)
Watch the sketch above.