Saturday Night Live Spoofs the Shutdown with Deal or No Deal Parody

Alec Baldwin’s Trump Plays Shutdown ‘Deal or No Deal’ in SNL Cold Open

The first episode of Saturday Night Live since the partial government shutdown began started off satirizing the political quagmire in a Deal or No Deal sketch. Instead of models holding briefcases, the SNL version had members of Congress offer the President possible deals to end the shutdown, now entering its fifth week, which he summarily rejected.

"That path, as Trump explained it, includes "$800 million in urgent humanitarian assistance, $805 million for drug detection technology to help secure our ports of entry, an additional 2,750 border agents and law enforcement professionals, [and] 75 new immigration judge teams to reduce the backlog of - believe it or not - nearly 900,000 cases".

"Then guess what. You're not flying to Afghanistan", Baldwin's Trump shot back.

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".

The sketch featured memorable interactions between Baldwin's Trump and a intimidating, provocative Nancy Pelosi, played by Kate McKinnon, who describes herself as, "not like drunk on my own power or anything".

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"McKinnon's Pelosi then revealed her offer: "$1 billion dollars and you say, 'Nancy's my mommy'". But Trump said "No deal!"

"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.

The camera then shows "SNL" cast member Pete Davidson wearing an orange Clemson sweatshirt and holding not one of the silver brief cases that contain deals on the TV show, but a "Crave case" from the fast-food restaurant White Castle.

"Trump and the GOP are just terrified of me because I'm under 100 and I'm good at Instagram", she said.

"You ending the shutdown for a hamberder?" Finally, Cardi B (Sasheer Zamata) says "I know this ain't my business but shmoney". "I'm going to make that deal".

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