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For Christmas the Saturday Night Live producers have given us a fresh cold open, starring Alec Baldwin as the title character in It’s A Wonderful Trump. 

As the president stands on a snowy balcony wishing that he had never won office, an angel (Kenan Thompson) appears. But unlike the original 1947 movie script, the angel’s job is to show Trump just how much happier everyone around him — from a prosperous Sarah Huckabee Sanders (Aidy Bryant) to a healthy Kellyanne Conway (Kate McKinnon) would be if he had indeed lost to Hillary Clinton.

At a Christmas party he encounters Michael Cohen (Ben Stiller), who tells him, “You’re my best friend. You taught me everything I know.” Melania has divorced him and remarried Papa John, but Trump has a new spouse named “Hernia” — a “suitcase girl” from a Serbian TV game show. And a quite fey  Mike Pence, the party’s deejay, has thrown off his inhibitions along with his ambitions. Brett Kavanaugh (host Matt Damon) isn’t sad that “nerd Merrick Garland” is on the Supreme Court instead of him — because he can hang out with “PJ and Squi.” Even son Eric (Alex Moffat) is a tiny bit smarter.

And omniscient special counsel Robert Mueller can spend more time with his grandson rather than investigating “some idiot for treason.”

Despite the angel’s best effort, however, Trump is still obtuse — and his “epiphany” is tragically clueless.

 

 

 

Michael Flynn

Photo by Tomi T Ahonen/ Twitter

Reprinted with permission from Alternet

President Donald Trump on Wednesday announced a "full pardon" for his former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, a key figure from the start of Russia investigation and the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

Flynn had pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with the Russian ambassador during the 2016 presidential transition. The reason for his lying was never fully explained. He also admitted to working as an unregistered foreign agent for Turkey while serving on the Trump campaign, work that included publishing a ghost-written op-ed in The Hill that argued for extraditing an American resident who is seen as an enemy of the Turkish government. After admitting to his crimes, Flynn attempted to recant and withdraw his guilty plea, an issue which had yet to be resolved by the courts.

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