On “Saturday Night Live,” actor Stephen Baldwin reprised his role spoofing President Trump. In the skit that aired on February 11, Baldwin-as-Trump appeared as a plaintiff in SNL’s version of “People’s Court.”  The skit took on the controversy and legal battle that has ensued since the real President Trump issued an executive order on January 27 temporarily limiting immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries.
 
The narrator on the video said that the plaintiff is “the president of the United States.” The narrator goes on to say, “He claims that some phony judges are being very mean to him. He’s asking for broad, unchecked power. Will he get it?”
 
Actors played the roles of the three judges from the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals who rejected a request by the Department of Justice reinstate the ban. Played by “SNL” cast member Cecily Strong, the judge asked, “Mr. Trump, you understand this is a TV court?” Playing Trump for the 17th time, Baldwin responds, “That’s OK, I’m a TV president.” He goes on to say, “Thank you judge, or what do you call a lady judge, a flight attendant? Something like that?” Describing the executive order, Baldwin said, “I signed a tremendous travel ban. I didn’t read it, but I signed it. People took pictures of me holding up the paper — very official. And these judges have been very disrespectful.”
 
Baldwin as Trump claimed that there is a “simple” reason for the ban. “The bad people are pouring in and you see them and it’s ISIS and San Bernardino and Chicago. I mean, look at Chicago, it’s hell. There're bad dudes coming here, bad hombres, bad boys, bad boys, wha’ cha gonna do?”  In another skit on the show, comedienne Melissa McCarthy played White House spokesman Sean Spicer. She also made light ot the murder spree in Chicago. On the weekend of the broadcast, two black girls -- ages 11 and 12 -- were each shot in the head.
 
As a character witness, Baldwin as Trump calls in Russian President Vladimir Putin. 
 
By the end of the skit, the judge rules in favor of the defendants. Then she moves on to the next case, which pitted Trump against a manager at Nordstrom -- the department store chain that has dropped Ivanka Trump’s line of clothing and shoes.

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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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