8:52pm PT by Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya
'SNL' Imagines Life Without President Trump in 'It's a Wonderful Life' Spoof Cold Open
In the cold open of the latest installment of NBC's Saturday Night Live, the late-night sketch show parodied the classic Christmas movie It's a Wonderful Life with a black-and-white skit called "It's a Wonderful Trump." It started with Alec Baldwin once again appearing as President Donald Trump, wishing that he had never become president. Castmember Kenan Thompson then showed up as Clarence, the fictional angel from the movie, and made the wish come true.
Other castmembers and frequent guest stars then showed up one by one as the respective players in the Trump presidency that they each play, starting with Aidy Bryant as Sarah Huckabee Sanders. In this timeline, Sanders was a PR representative for Facebook, Ashley Madison and "The Romaine Lettuce Association."
Kate McKinnon also appeared as Kellyanne Conway. "After we lost the campaign, the devil did give me my soul back," she said. Thompson as Clarence noted that in this timeline, Hillary Clinton had become president just by visiting Wisconsin once.
Eric and Donald Trump Jr., as played by Alex Moffatt and Mikey Day, respectively, also appeared, significantly more intelligent in this timeline. And Cecily Strong reprised her impression of Melania Trump, but this time she didn't have an accent. She noted that being around Trump had hurt her language skills. Heidi Gardner played Trump's wife in this timeline, named Hernia.
Ben Stiller then made a cameo as Michael Cohen, who is facing a prison term in the real world. In the fictional timeline, Trump's ex-lawyer wasn't convicted, and he called Trump his best friend. "Every single thing I've done is because you directed me to do it, and I hope everyone knows it," he said.
Beck Bennett played Mike Pence, who was deejaying the Christmas party in the sketch, and the episode's host, Matt Damon, reprised his impression of Brett Kavanaugh. In this timeline, Kavanaugh was not nominated to the Supreme Court. "Me on the Supreme Court? With my temperament? Are you insane?!" Damon's Kavanaugh exclaimed.
Robert De Niro closed out the star-studded cold open with his impression of Robert Mueller.