A whirlwind week in the Trump White House dominated Saturday Night Live , hosted by Sam Rockwell, as the NBC late-night show’s cast of comedians chewed the fat over Michael Wolff’s explosive book Fire and Fury, President Donald Trump’s “shithole countries” comment and the news that Trump reportedly paid off an adult film star.
Among the highlights on Saturday’s Trump-heavy SNL was Kate McKinnon and Alex Moffat spoofed MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough flirtatious Morning Joe banter, Bill Murray made an appearance as Steve Bannon, Fred Armisen parodied Wolff and SNL favorite Leslie Jones performed a winning sendup of Oprah Winfrey.
Over on “Weekend Update,” Colin Jost and Michael Che broke down the week’s events. Jost aptly opened the segment: “The book Fire and Fury, a salacious expose of the Trump White House was released last week, and then this week the sequel wrote itself.” Cue a mockup of the cover of Wolff’s book retitled S—hole Countries.
Jost and Che joked about Trump’s “shithole countries” remark during a White House Thursday in relation to African countries, Haiti and El Salvador, which Jost noted was awkwardly close in proximity to Martin Luther King Day Monday. “Now I’m just worried what he’s going to say the day before Passover,” Jost quipped.
Che added: “Here’s the thing, my job is to make jokes about the news, but Trump saying something racist isn’t exactly news anymore. It’d be news if Trump said, ‘You know what we need more of in this country? Haitians.’”
The comedian then offered Trump a pretty succinct history lesson. “Donald, you do realize how rich these places are in resources?” Che asked. “They’re in bad shape because they’ve been robbed and exploited for centuries by Western powers. So the president of the United States calling Africa a ‘shithole’ is like telling a kid you molested, ‘Boy, did you grow up to be weird.’”
With the “shithole” drama crossed off the news agenda, Jost turned to the news that Trump reportedly paid off Stormy Daniels, a former porn star, a month before the 2016 presidential election to keep quiet about a sexual encounter between them in 2006.
“So, at least there’s one storm Trump will pay for,” Jost said as the Puerto Rican flag flashed on screen. Jost, of course, is talking about Trump being criticized for not providing enough aid to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico late last year.
Jost, echoing sentiments shared widely across the world, then cracked about the breakneck speed at which new Trump scandals are appearing in the press.
“Let me just say what a thrill it is to be alive a time when ‘Porn star blackmails president’ is, like, the fourth biggest story of the week,” Jost said. “At this rate, in a year from now, we’re going to find ‘Trump found with dead hooker’ right next to the crossword puzzle.”