When it comes to raking Donald Trump over the coals, nobody is more reliably at the ready than Saturday Night Live.
(Well, except for that time they let him host the show during the 2016 election campaign but we’ll bygones be bygones. Everyone took Trump to be a joke at one time or another.)
But since Alec Baldwin’s ingenious, dead-on Trump impression hasn’t been accessible on account of Baldwin being in, like, jail or whatever, there’s been some sting missing in the show’s merciless mocking of the President. Until last night, that is.
Steve Carell was this week’s host, and the show kitted him out in the best bald cap this side of Telly Savalas to portray Amazon CEO and Trump nemesis Jeff Bezos, and the results were BRILLIANT.
Trump’s feud with Bezos is well known–and even footnoted with Tweet screenshots throughout the sketch. (It’s important to cite your sources!). He’s accused Bezos of taking advantage of the U.S. Postal Service (which has to be the first time a Republican has ever defended the Postal Service, since “Look at the postal service!” is their perennial go-to method of demonizing anything public in favor of privatization), and has characterized Bezos’s ownership of the Washington Post as the reason for its consistently unflattering coverage of him.
The show really got its punches in, poking all of Trump’s soft spots. From pointing out that Bezos is “literally 100x richer” than Trump, to telling him to “shave his head like a real man would,” and calling his infamous tennis outfit “tennis diapers,” the sketch really ticked all the boxes. Not even Trump’s beloved father was spared, as Carell-as-Bezos announced plans to turn one of the gem’s of the elder Trump’s real estate empire into a public urinal.
On Twitter, folks were, of course, delighted:
— laney (@misslaneym) November 18, 2018
Nailed It! 👏
— DJ Spin (@Turntablez) November 18, 2018
It was epic 😜
— Myles Sanchez (@MylesSanchez123) November 18, 2018
“Sure, he attacked me repeatedly on Twitter. But I chose our new locations because they were ideal for growing business, not just to make Donald Trump think about how I'm literally 100 times richer than he is.” — Steve Carell as Jeff Bezos on #SNL https://t.co/FHGHXbktlA
— Matt Wilstein (@mattwilstein) November 18, 2018
“Any package going to any Trump building will get delivered by hundreds of Honduran and Mexican immigrants and I’ll pick up the bill. Unless you order The Art of the Deal, because that costs more to ship, because it's heavier. I guess that's the only book with four Chapter 11s” pic.twitter.com/B0fgHaabGK
— thomas hughes (@tenntom4) November 18, 2018
The only ‘The Office’ reboot I’d watch would be the new DC Amazon HQ2 with Steve Carell playing Jeff Bezos
— Dave Jorgenson 🗯 (@davejorgenson) November 18, 2018
— Robert Rodriguez,PhD (@RRodriguezPhD) November 18, 2018
— Jillian Sederholm (@JillianSed) November 18, 2018
That was relentless, he's the best.
— MhandaLane (@MhandaLane) November 18, 2018
the SNL Steve Carell Jeff Bezos skit was a masterpiece
— Adriana (@adrianarozas) November 18, 2018
No bloviating, misspelled word yet on whether President Trump has seen the sketch, but he’ll surely let us know on Twitter when he has. Stay tuned!