Alec Baldwin again portrayed President Donald Trump on “Saturday Night Live” this week, calling in to “Weekend Update” to brag that the United States is now “No. 1 in the world” for COVID-19 ― in terms of cases and deaths.
“My TV ratings are through the roof, and every night at 7 p.m. all of New York claps and cheers for the great job I’m doing,” he told Colin Jost and Michael Che, who co-hosted the segment from their homes.
“I don’t know if that’s for you, man,” Che replied. People in the city cheer every night to thank health care workers on the front lines.
“I’ve always said it was a giant hoax that we should take very seriously,” Baldwin’s Trump said, also referring to the disease as “Covfefe-19.” “Everyone needs to wash their hands — or not.”
He also warned that all absentee ballots are “covered in coronavirus.” (Check out Baldwin’s latest shtick in the video up top.)
Some fans listened to “Weekend Update” on Zoom, providing a bizarre kind of laugh track. But Che said that “telling jokes with nobody just looks like hostage footage.”
Che took a moment to honor his grandmother, who died last week of complications from coronavirus.
He told Jost she loved their “joke swap” bit, and asked his co-host to read a joke in her memory. After Jost read a particularly embarrassing joke, Che quipped: “My grandmother’s never seen the show. I just wanted you to do that.” He signed off as “Martha’s grandbaby.“
Che told fans earlier this week that he was “doing OK, considering.”
“I’m obviously very hurt and angry that she had to go through all that pain alone,” he wrote in an Instagram post that has since been deleted. “But I’m also happy that she’s not in pain anymore.”
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