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February 5, 2017 1:54 pm

‘When the Jews Are Away, the Goys Will Play,’ Says Trump Impersonator Alec Baldwin in First ‘Saturday Night Live’ Lampoon Since Presidential Inauguration

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Alec Baldwin portraying Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live, with 'Grim Reaper' Steve Bannon by his side. Photo: YouTube Screenshot.

Alec Baldwin portraying Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live, with ‘Grim Reaper’ Steve Bannon by his side. Photo: YouTube Screenshot.

For the first time since Donald Trump’s inauguration as president of the United States on January 20, actor Alec Baldwin returned this weekend to the NBC satire show “Saturday Night Live” (SNL) to impersonate and spoof the real estate mogul-turned-commander-in-chief, opening his skit with a Jewish reference.

“You know,” Baldwin-as-Trump — wearing a Russian flag lapel pin — says to an aide, “I love my daughter, Ivanka, and her husband, Jared [Kushner]. They always keep me so calm, and make sure that I don’t do anything crazy.”

“That’s true,” the aide replies.

“So, quick question,” the Trump character says. “Are they gone?”

“Yes,” answered the aide. “They don’t work on Shabbat.”

“Perfect,” Baldwin (as Trump) answers. “When the Jews are away, the goys will play.”

The rest of the skit, which lampoons Trump’s performance in the diplomatic arena thus far, shows Baldwin engaging in phone conversations with the leaders of Australia, Mexico, Germany and Zimbabwe — with top White House adviser Steve Bannon, the former controversial editor of Breitbart, depicted as the Grim Reaper, by his side.

Baldwin, whose Trump impersonations became a big hit during the election campaign, attacked the president in an interview on the podcast the Katie Couric Show ahead of the inauguration.

“Everywhere he’s gone, he’s abused power and people who are less powerful than him,” Baldwin said, calling Trump a “malicious person.” In addition, Baldwin said, unlike other famous figures he has impersonated — such as Al Pacino or Robert DeNiro — for whom he has “an element of appreciation… With Trump, I don’t have that element of appreciation, which makes it difficult.”

Trump’s response to the SNL parodying in general and Baldwin’s sketches in particular has been negative. Among his social media attacks, he tweeted in December: “Just tried watching Saturday Night Live — unwatchable! Totally biased, not funny and the Baldwin impersonation just can’t get any worse. Sad.”

Watch Baldwin’s full Trump skit from Saturday night below:

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  • Peter O

    Some would say that is antisemitic. It suggests that Jews control the US government

    • Rachel gold

      It suggests that Jews brings common sense to the US government

      • Peter

        And that is supposed to be better

  • Joseph Feld

    Just checking, was this a normal Friday afternoon at the White House ?

  • Peter Joffe

    I will not watch this racist trash from Baldwin who belives that if you are not a Democrat then you are not worthy to breath the same air as he does. Democrats think that this rubbish is funny well I see it as treason. Imagione the fuss if Baldwin was doing this ‘satire’ against Americas greatest traitor, Obama??

  • The 1970’s Saturday Night Live “presidential” skits were genuinely funny compared to the 2017 SNL. And good help is hard to find for current “presidential” SNL skits.

  • josil

    I thought he left the country?! Sad to see he is still around…like Cher, etc..

  • Isaac barr

    I find SNL Alec Baldwin comment anti Semitic and offensive: “Perfect,” Baldwin (as Trump) answers. “When the Jews are away, the goys will play” very offensive in three ways: 1. It means that Jews one way or another exploit other people. 2. The word “Goyim” has bad connotation. Used in common Yiddish it describes non Jewish people. In English Jews do not use the word “Goyim” as much as they will not call a black person “Negro”. 3. The sentence itself rhymes on “When the cat is away the MICE will play”. Baldwin sublime suggestion is that Jews relate to “Goyim” as being MICE. I hope that SNL will apologize.

  • Ramireed

    Baldwin is becoming an insignificant actor, a hasbeen.

  • NoMoreBaldwins

    Alec Baldwin is a third rate actor and a tenth rate comedian. His would-be Trump impersonation is one dimensional and the skits are poorly written and sophomoric.
    Of course SNL hasn’t really been funny for decades, and even then not so much without inebriants.

  • rachel

    Baldwin’s impression of Trump is great and that’s why it’s getting under his skin.

  • Adam Klein

    Sadly, it is nonsense though. Ivanka has been at many of her fathers events on the Shabbath (including Pence’s VP announcement) and Jared was taking pictures on the Shabbaths. Yes they love the idea that the so called religious like to hate technology one day a week but this idea they don’t know what is gong on is silly. Jared went to a feminist school in Frisch and I am sorry to say but feminists hate all other minority groups because they want to be “the minority group”. Let us not forgot Bannon loves Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachman his feminist hero’s. They are more similar then different then his father in law which why else would they love him so much. This is so good cop bad cop ideology but it is nonsense. Jared acts like a good feminist whatever his attractive wife says he goes along with and never expresses any public opinions on anything. Jared is also a lot like Rahm Emanuel who was Obama’s friend and also has an Orthodox Rabbi and had an Orthodox Rabbi convert his girlfriend. The funny thing the Orthodox don’t even care that they are a caricature as they only care about identity politics.