On SNL, Baldwin’s Trump tells Puerto Rico. . .


. . . ‘We have to take care of America first.’ Alec Baldwin and Michael Che took on the recent controversy fueled by President Trump’s responses to Puerto Rico’s most recent tragedy: slow response to Hurricane Maria’s devastation on the island. The opening sketch imagined a phone call between Mr. Trump and Carmen Yulín Cruz, the mayor of San Juan (played by Melissa Villaseñor) and on “Weekend Update,” Michael Che reminded the president that he had already provided quick help “for white people, twice.” The Washington Post writes:

The writers at “Saturday Night Live” wasted no time incorporating the latest President Trump-related news into the first few minutes of the show’s premiere. Alec Baldwin once again returned to play Trump in Saturday’s cold open, which referenced the series of tweets real-life President Trump sent earlier in the day criticizing Puerto Rican officials’ response to the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

In the sketch, Baldwin’s Trump returns from a golfing outing in Bedminster, N.J., to take a call from the mayor of San Juan. “I’m sure she wants to tell me what a great job I’m doing,” Trump tells Sarah Huckabee Sanders, played by Aidy Bryant.

She does not. “I”m begging you. Puerto Rico needs your help,” says Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz (Melissa Villaseñor). “I know that things are, as the locals say, ‘despacito,’” Trump says, adding that help will arrive by Tuesday, “Wednesday at the latest.” When Cruz tells him “that’s not good enough,” Trump responds, “Well you should have paid your bills.”

“Ma’am, I don’t know if you know this but you are in an island, in the water. The ocean water, big ocean with fishies and bubbles and turtles that bite,” Trump continues. “We want to help you but we have to take care of America first.” Cruz asks, “Wait, you do know we’re a U.S. territory don’t you?” Baldwin’s Trump contorts his mouth and holds it open for several seconds before stammering, “I mean I do, but not many people know that.” He then hangs up on Cruz after she asked for help again, and tells Huckabee Sanders, “Wow, that woman is so nasty.” [. . .]

And, as The New York Times reports:


The distinction goes to Mr. Che, who eased into his outrage by languidly reading one of Mr. Trump’s tweets in which the president criticized Ms. Cruz.

Mr. Che then said: “Oh, really, Donald, you bitch? Was she nasty to you? How nasty? Are you shaking? You want to go smoke a Virginia Slim until your hand stops moving? This isn’t that complicated, man. It’s hurricane relief. These people need help. You just did this for white people, twice. Do the same thing. Go tell Melania to put on her flood heels, get some bottled water, some food. Pack up some extra Atlanta Falcons Super Bowl T-shirts. And write them a check with our money, you cheap cracker.” [. . .]

For full articles, see “On SNL, Baldwin’s Trump tells Puerto Rico: ‘We have to take care of America first’” at https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/arts-and-entertainment/wp/2017/10/01/snl-returns-and-alec-baldwins-trump-seriously-bungles-the-puerto-rico-response/?utm_term=.86d71c834192, “‘S.N.L.’ and Michael Che Take On Trump Over Puerto Rico and Race” at https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/01/arts/television/snl-trump-puerto-rico.html?mcubz=3&_r=0 and “’SNL’ hammers President Trump over Puerto Rico response,” at http://money.cnn.com/2017/10/01/media/snl-premiere-donald-trump/index.html

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