Published: Thu, December 20, 2018
Culture | By Glenn Strickland

'Saturday Night Live' Reimagines 'It's a Wonderful Life' With Trump as President

'Saturday Night Live' Reimagines 'It's a Wonderful Life' With Trump as President

US President Donald Trump has criticised NBC's Saturday Night Live the morning after a Christmas-themed spoof on the sketch-comedy show focused on him.

This time it appears the sketch that caused Trump to take a brief break from complaining about special counsel Robert Mueller was the comedy show's cold open - a parody of the classic holiday film "It's a Wonderful Life" titled "It's a Wonderful Trump".

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"Wow, everyone looks so different", Baldwin's Trump said.

In the sketch, Clarence the angel shows Mr Trump - played again by Alec Baldwin - that Melania has divorced him and Robert Mueller never had to launch an investigation into "some idiot for treason". He claimed Trump was his best friend and that "every single thing I've done is because you directed me to do it, and I hope everybody knows it". "Collusion?" tweeted President Trump over the weekend.

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As the sketch progresses, Baldwin's Trump is visited by a number of people, including Aidy Bryant's Sarah Sanders, now a successful PR person, and a guilt-free Kellyanne Conway, played by Kate McKinnon. Walsh cited the First Amendment and noted that the sketch comedy show is purely satire and that it has made fun of nearly every president and major political figure since it began in 1975, not simply Trump.

But even when presented with a world where his peers seem better off with Clinton in office, Trump doesn't come away wishing he didn't win the election.

Mr Trump has been unimpressed, however, saying the impersonation "stinks" and was "sad", and he accused the media of trying to rig the election.

"Alec Baldwin, whose dying mediocre career was saved by his bad impersonation of me on SNL, now says playing me was agony", the president wrote in March.

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