Published: Sun, January 20, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

'SNL' Rips Government Shutdown With 'Deal or No Deal' Parody

'SNL' Rips Government Shutdown With 'Deal or No Deal' Parody

The contestant, naturally, is Alec Baldwin's Donald Trump, who is playing to perhaps end the shutdown, if only he can get a good enough deal.

Said Kenan Thompson's Steve Harvey to Trump: "Earlier today you went on TV and you told the American people that you want to make a deal".

Trump came out with his own offer first: "I want $5 billion for my border wall and I'll extend DACA, and i'll release the kids from cages, so they can be free-range kids".

Pelosi, played by the always dead-on Kate McKinnon, offered Trump a billion "to say Nancy's my mommy", which Trump rejected.

McKinnon's Pelosi pointed out that if the government remained shutdown, Trump wouldn't be able to give a State of the Union, but she noted it was "for security reasons [and] not because I'm vindictive or anything". "Then guess what. You're not flying to Afghanistan", Baldwin's Trump shot back. "But when McKinnon's Pelosi popped over to remind him "we're not doing that anymore...we're not caving in", he changed his offer to "$15 and a pastrami on rye".

The two then engage in a back-and-forth spat over Trump being disinvited to host the State of the Union Address at the House of Representatives and his retributive decision to pull Pelosi's military travel for a congressional delegation visit to visit troops overseas.

Donald Trump proposes a plan, Democrats call it ‘non-starter’
Temporary protected status is given to nationals from designated countries affected by armed conflict or natural disaster. Polls showed Americans increasingly blaming Trump for the shutdown.


"Deal or No Deal" continued as Baldwin's President Trump picked others from Congress such as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (played by Melissa Villaseñor) and Mitch McConnell (played by Beck Bennett) before landing on a Clemson football player.

"Oh Steve, I haven't eaten a hamburger in nearly 15 minutes", Baldwin's President Trump said.

"Cool story, bro", Baldwin's Trump responded.

The theme was, of course, the lingering shutdown.

"Saturday Night Live" airs live coast-to-coast Saturdays at 11:30 p.m. ET / 8:30 p.m. PT on NBC.

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