Rich Lowry: Trump Chances to Win Nomination Might Be 50/50 With Iowa Win

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‘SNL’: Donald Trump, UFOs and ‘Hotline Bling’ — oh my!.

As if learning nothing from all the memes the Internet did to Drake for his song “Hotline Bling,” Donald Trump just had to take a shot at it himself. SIR: While many Nigerians are busy ridiculing Donald Trump’s rather unorthodox bid for the Republican Party’s Presidential ticket, he’s busy surging in the polls.Presidential hopeful Donald Trump took to the “Saturday Night Live” stage on Saturday to a round of applause, whether out of respect or obligation, at-home viewers will never know. In the most recent episode of Saturday Night Live, the Republican presidential candidate took it upon himself to dance and, yes, to even rap a bit to the song, dressed up as a trusty tax guy.

The best thing about the age of the DVR and the internet is on Sunday afternoon you could fast forward through the duds (and the seemingly endless commercial breaks) to get to the good stuff or, better yet, wait for the one or two good sketches of the night to be posted on Hulu and let various blogs curate them for you. But the story on social media came with little praise as many voiced their concerns over the network enlisting the businessman as host after its own severance of ties earlier this year over his unsavory comments about Mexicans. Donald’s appearance in the show, which elapsed 12 minutes in total, included a monologue unfunny enough in itself and him fumbling through his words to add more to that.

Using a number of hashtags, including #RacismIsntFunny, #SNLDumpTrump and #BastaTrump, countless stood in virtual solidarity with the hundreds who protested outside of NBC studios calling for viewers to not watch the program. Donald rapped, “You used to call me on the cellphone,” hinting to the tax guy reference and probably dancing even worse than Drake. (And definitely not as well as Mr.

For example, at the peak of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) crisis of 2014, he opined that all American doctors treating Ebola patients in West Africa should be barred from returning to the United States. Around the time there was a sketch with Trump nonsensically playing a music producer named Stacy Steve, I wanted more than anything to just forget this was happening and go to bed, waking up in December 2016 with the new president already decided so all of this spectacle would seem like some sort of Ambien-influenced nightmare. Bean.) Overall, though the show fell flat with Donald as the host, the episode was still a commercial success as the highest-rated episode since 2012, beating the previous titleholder, the 41st season premiere with Miley Cyrus as a host with a guest appearance by Hillary Clinton. Not satisfied that that measure will adequately shield God’s Own Country from the menacing disease, he went ahead to proffer President Obama a novel solution: “Stop all the flights from West Africa!” The truth is that most Americans are intrigued by his no-holds-barred, say-it-as-it-is, politically incorrect and frenetic candidacy, epitomised by his explosive diatribes. The crowd chanted: “Hey hey, ho ho, racism has got to go!” On the West Coast, a mysterious light in the sky over Los Angeles drew concerns that UFOs were landing (though the Navy Strategic Systems Programs took credit).

Still, despite the critical backlash of his second SNL stint, the Donald was confident enough to brag, “I get the best ratings.” At least he got that part right. As bad and as ridiculous as it makes the GOP’s (Grand Old Party) presidential race look, however, Donald Trump’s erratic candidature is actually healthy for the system. The saving grace of the first sketch, and the best part of the entire night, was Larry David reprising his role as candidate Bernie Sanders, which is both a spot-on impersonation and a hilarious parody of his crotchety, far-left persona. By night’s end, Trump’s performance and the show would go uninterrupted inside — save a Larry David cameo, as Bernie Sanders, calling Trump racist.

Trump arrived just in time to do the monologue where a gag about how Trump actually thought plus-sized brunette cast member Aidy Bryant was Rosie O’Donnell was moderately amusing, as was Trump standing cheek to impressive jowl with two of his impersonators from the show, current cast member Taran Killam and alumnus Darrell Hammond, who did fake-Trump duties back in 2004 when he last hosted the show, at the height of his The Apprentice resurgence. The scripted bit played off of a claim by Los Angeles-based group Deport Racism to pay $5,000 to anyone “clearly heard saying ‘Deport Racism’ or ‘Trump is a Racist’” on Saturday’s broadcast. He has come out to Americans as someone who is not afraid to be different, someone who cannot be easily manipulated and held to ransom by extraneous forces.

The most memorable part was when Larry David shouted that Trump was a “racist” and when questioned about his outburst said he had heard that he would get $5,000 for saying it. Oftentimes, what the electorate gets to see is a designer candidate, crafted and fine-tuned by his party and sponsors, whose electioneering disposition may not be consistent with his true personality.

There was another allusion to the protesters that were asking NBC to “dump Trump” for his stance on immigration issues during the Weekend Update segment. There were a couple of sly jokes, like about how great the country was once Trump was elected president in a sketch where the Mexican president arrives in the Oval Office with a check for building the wall along the border. I actually let out a little chuckle when it was clear he had hired Omarosa Manigault-Stalworth, the villain from the first season of The Apprentice, as his secretary of state. The rest of the Trump-centric sketches fell flat, including one set in an Italian restaurant, where Trump was supposedly live-tweeting the experience – but he was actually just insulting all the actors onscreen, who were then petrified of what horrible things he was saying about them.

This seemed like it was trying to be a satire about members of the overcrowded GOP field trying to get time at the mic during their recent debates, but it never quite reached that high. I’m not sure what it aspired to be, exactly, except for an excuse to put Trump in a bad steampunk trench coat behind five laser pointers aimed at the ceiling. We need a Donald Trump so unwavering in his convictions that he doesn’t care if he’s labelled unpatriotic, called a tribalist or a tagged a squawker.

The scene seemed to paint Trump’s supporters as alcoholic racists, which is a damning criticism of the campaign considering its participation in the episode. It quickly became evident that either due to equal-time rules or Trump’s busy schedule as the man at the center of the media’s spotlight, he wasn’t able to participate much. He did the monologue, the sketch about the success of his presidency (featuring his daughter Ivanka playing herself), and a few other things, but his appearance was mostly limited to a few stray lines playing the straight man or quick appearances in the pre-taped sketches.

If the show was going to completely give itself over to this man and a scathing criticism of how he is turning the political process into a theater of the absurd, it might have been worth watching. Trump’s guest spot could have been a major milestone in satire, like when Stephen Colbert humiliated President George W Bush at the Washington Correspondent’s Dinner.

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