Updated with video: Alec Baldwin returned to Saturday Night Live as Donald Trump tonight, just as SNL returned to a decidedly pre-Trump, old-school movie-parody style sketch for its cold open: Baldwin’s Trump, in green military flight jacket just like the real Donald, rallied the troops in an Independence Day-like sci-fi bit.
The year is 2018, the human race is under attack by aliens – real, outer-space type aliens – and Baldwin’s Trump is attempting to whip up some patriotic enthusiasm. “We don’t win anymore!” he whines. “The aliens are killing us, and they’re laughing at us.”
Asked by Kenan Thompson’s commander how he intends to defeat the invaders, Trump blurts, “We are going to bring the coal back, we’re going to have so much coal.” Told by the commander that California has been obliterated, Trump responds, “Even Arnold?”
From there, the sketch makes the expected comparisons between the invading Zorblat-9 and Russia, as Trump defends the other side, prompting one grumbling soldier to speculate about the president’s business ties to the invaders.
The green-skinned Zorblatians finally arrive, demanding to be taken to the leader. “Really?” says a face-painted Bobby Moynihan. “This is going to be so easy.”
Check out the video above – and compare Baldwin’s look to the real one pictured.