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Friday, December 15, 2017

In this week’s SNL cold open, Donald Trump (Alec Baldwin, of course) shows up in Kentucky’s Boone County for a surprise visit to reassure his white working class supporters, and he’s in an unusually good mood. His Supreme Court choice has been confirmed and for the moment nobody is talking about Russia,. “What a difference 59 Tomahawk missiles can make!”

Still, he adds, it’s great to be in a room with “my people, folks who don’t whisper ‘Oh God what’s happening?’ right after I leave the room.”

But they do have questions — about their jobs, their Obamacare, their drug rehabilitation, even their lead-polluted water. This is a stunningly candid Trump who explains to a man who has to drive an hour to see a doctor: “We’re gonna get rid of your health care…All of it! You’ll never have to drive to see a doctor again. How does that sound?”

As for all of the other programs that might improve their lives, Trump has a curt reponse: “Junked!” Except, of course, for the lead in their water. “We’re keeping that.”

He can’t quite believe that these oppressed white people — soon to suffer still further indignities thanks to him and his Wall Street advisers — still support him fervently. But he understands their mindset, explaining with a somewhat gruesome analogy.

“But you still love Trump, right? We all love Trump!”

It’s dark, funny, and even poignant.

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