Alec Baldwin played two problematic, white American men on this week’s Saturday Night Live.
He first appeared as President Donald Trump in the show’s cold open and later pulled double duty, playing both Trump and Fox News anchor Bill O’Reilly in a scathing sketch addressing the sexual harassment allegations against the O’Reilly Factor host.
Baldwin’s O’Reilly opened the segment by promising to address “the scandal everyone’s been talking about all week.”
“The scandal no one thought I’d have the guts to address head on,” he added, “about the shocking allegations of abuse of power that have been leveled against … the Obama administration.”
“O’Reilly” attempted to throw it over to journalist Laurie Dhue, before being told by a producer that she no longer worked at the company. “What? Did she get the check?” he murmured, before checking in with Malia Zimmerman (Cecily Strong), who, he noted, is “normally in studio, but is now reporting live via satellite from exactly 500 feet away.”
But the highlight of the segment came when Baldwin-as-O’Reilly introduced Baldwin-as-Trump.
“Apparently several women have come forward and accused me of offering them exciting opportunities here at Fox News,” O’Reilly-Baldwin said. “Beyond that, the details are a bit fuzzy, but one man was brave enough to come to my defense, a man who is unimpeachable on all female issues.”
At first, it was a mutual love-fest between the Baldwins, as O’Reilly-Baldwin remarked that Trump-Baldwin looked even better on TV.
“I know, I do. I look fantastic — and can I tell you something? I actually see a lot of myself in you, Bill,” Trump-Baldwin said approvingly.
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O’Reilly-Baldwin then thanked the president for coming to his defense. (Earlier this week, the real POTUS told the New York Times, “I don’t think Bill did anything wrong.”)
Trump-Baldwin said he was basing O’Reilly’s innocence on “a loose hunch,” before admitting, “I’m more familiar with this case than I am with, say, healthcare, but I didn’t really look into it much. No, I was too busy being super presidential by bombing a bunch of shit.”
O’Reilly-Baldwin closed by thanking Trump-Baldwin for promoting “sexual assault awareness month,” which Trump-Baldwin said was “a subject that’s near and dear to my hand.”
O’Reilly-Baldwin also got in a plug his new book, Old School: Life in the Sane Lane.
“It’s about having great morals and values,” O’Reilly-Baldwin said, “and it couldn’t have come at a better time.”