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For this week’s Saturday Night Live cold open, Alec Baldwin returns as Donald Trump — headlining a MAGA rally in “Albacore,” meaning Albuquerque, with a stunning roster of SNL regulars and veterans. “New Mexicans,” he tells the cheering zombie-like supporters, “are my favorite Mexicans.”

The skit is a merciless takedown of Trump supporters.Cecily Strong comes up to the stage with a misspelled T-shirt, babbling about the “deep state lizard conspiracy” that includes “the CIA, the FBI, the M-I-C, the K-E-Y, and the M-O-U-S-E.” Mikey Day is a member of “Bikers For Trump” (a real group), and warns that if Trump is impeached, “we’re gonna RIDE.” And there are a couple of special SNL cameos, too.

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Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks

As I write, it's impossible to guess how this sitcom ends. Boss Trump's comic opera coup attempt has clearly failed, as even Emily Murphy, the hapless head of the General Services Administration was forced to concede. Once Pennsylvania and Michigan certified that Trump had lost both states, she really had no choice. The formal transition to Joe Biden's presidency has begun.

President Putin will be disappointed. Discrediting democracy is Job One for the Russian dictator. Peddling phony claims about voter fraud and election rigging is right out of the Kremlin playbook. It's become unfashionable to say so, but that's the biggest reason Putin invested in Trump to begin with.

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