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Alec Baldwin returned to the set of Saturday Night Live as Donald Trump, facing an invasion of real aliens in a sketch drawn from the movie Independence Day. Clad in a flight jacket, he gives an impression of wartime presidential leadership — until he opens his mouth.

An aggressive species from the planet Zorblat-9, armed with invisible ships and advanced weapons, has already taken over most of the country — and as Trump addresses a ragtag remnant of SNL cast members, costumed as American soldiers, his shortcomings swiftly become all too obvious. Informed by officer Kenan Thompson that the aliens have vaporized the state of California already, he brightens: “Does that mean I won the popular vote?”

Typically, he has his own farfetched theories about the crisis — citing Alex Jones and Infowars — and doesn’t believe that Zorblat-9 is necessarily hostile.  “We don’t know that they’re actually from Zorblat Nine,” he says of the invaders. “I’ve actually heard Zorblat-9 is very beautiful, very fantastic.”

“Oh my God,” whispers one soldier to another. “Does he have business ties on Zorblat-9?”



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