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On ‘Saturday Night Live,’ it’s President Trump vs. the aliens

Alec Baldwin as President Trump. Will Heath/NBC/AP

President Trump met the aliens, and confusion reigned.

This week’s “Saturday Night Live” cold open asked the question so you don’t have to: How would our commander-in-chief react to an alien invasion?

“We are going to beat these aliens because we have got the best military, but we don’t win anymore, and the aliens are laughing at us,” Alec Baldwin’s Trump told a group of fatigue-wearing soldiers in the skit.

The head-scratching Trumpisms didn’t end there.

When asked what the country will do to fend off the galactic hordes, Baldwin responded with a Rust Belt non-sequitur: “Here’s what we’re going to do: We are going to bring coal back. OK? We’re going to have so much coal.”


In an allusion to his administration’s ties to Russia, faux-Trump opined that he had heard the invaders’ home planet “is very beautiful, very fantastic.”

There was a meta joke about NBC being unfair to Trump, an obligatory one-liner about last November’s popular vote, which Trump lost by millions, and a reference to Infowars’ conspiracy theorist-in-chief, Alex Jones.

“You know he’s legit because he’s always taking off his shirt,” said Baldwin.

When told a Trump hotel in New York had been destroyed by the attack, faux-Trump uses it to plug his brand.

“Everyone loves to stay at my hotel. I’m sure a bunch of really top shelf, very classy people died there,” he said.

At one point, Kenan Thompson told Baldwin the aliens wiped out everyone in California.

“Even Arnold?” fake Trump asked.