“Saturday Night Live” didn’t begin with its familiar construction of Alec Baldwin impersonating President-elect Donald Trump, but the show still brought in some outside star power for its cold open.
In a sketch focusing on Trump’s controversial Cabinet picks, Bryan Cranston reprised his “Breaking Bad” character Walter White to play the incoming president’s nominee to lead the Drug Enforcement Administration.
“Walter is amazing, he came highly recommended by Steve Bannon,” Kellyanne Conway (Kate McKinnon) says.
“Oh, yeah. Steve’s the best. We’ve had some times,” White said. “We met on the comments section on Breitbart.”
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White, introduced as a high school science teacher from New Mexico, said he didn’t know Trump but, “I like his style. He acts first and then asks questions later. I also like that wall he wants to build. Nothing comes in from Mexico, meaning a lot less competition for the rest of us.”
Jake Tapper (Beck Bennett) asked, “You mean jobs?”
“Sure,” White slyly responded.
White said that “it’s time to make America cook again. We want to fill this nation with red, white and a whole lot of blue.”
Tapper listed off other real-life Trump picks, including Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as the head of the Environmental Protection Agency. (Pruitt has sued the EPA on climate change several times).