On the April 8 broadcast of “Saturday Night Live,” actor Alec Baldwin mocked President Trump’s defense of Fox News personality Bill O’Reilly, who reportedly settled recently with five women who accused him of sexual harassment or inappropriate conduct. Baldwin opened by referring to “the scandal everyone’s been talking about all week, a scandal no one thought I’d have the guts to address head-on, about the shocking allegations of gross misconduct and abuse of power that have been leveled against the Obama administration.”
 
Baldwin then shifts to portray both Trump and O’Reilly in a split-screen. Portraying O’Reilly, Baldwin thanks “Trump” for defending him. "I actually see a lot of myself in you, Bill," Baldwin says as Trump. Then, speaking as O’Reilly, Baldwin replies: “Thank you Mr. President, and thank you for coming to my defense last week even though no one asked you to. You even went as far as saying ‘Bill O’Reilly did nothing wrong."
 
As  “O’Reilly,” Baldwin replies. “That’s based upon?”
 
Baldwin comes back as “Trump” and says, “A hunch, just a loose hunch. I’m more familiar with this case than, say, healthcare, but I really didn’t look into it much, no. I was busy being super presidential, by bombing a bunch of s---."
 
Baldwin as “O’Reilly” finally thanks “Trump” for his support "on behalf of all women" and promoting “Sexual Assault Awareness month.”
 
“That’s right, Bill, it’s a subject near and dear to my hand,” Baldwin’s “Trump” says. 
 
 


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Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat and the editor of Spero News.

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