Freshman New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made her “SNL” cold-open debut Saturday night — with cast member Melissa Villaseñor jumping into the role of the ultra-left-wing media darling to confront Alec Baldwin’s President Trump in a government shutdown spoof of game show “Deal or No Deal.”
In the “Saturday Night Live” twist on the NBC game show, Trump is the contestant trying to win a deal with Democrats and end the government shutdown — which entered its 30th day Sunday.
“I want $5 billion for my border wall, and in exchange, I’ll extend DACA, and I’ll release the kids from cages so they can be free-range kids,” says Baldwin’s Trump, after rejecting a briefcase containing Congress’ deal.
The show then turns to members of Congress willing to offer deals — and Trump first picks a briefcase held by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, played by Kate McKinnon.
Her offer: $1 billion, and “You say, ‘Nancy is my mommy.’”
Baldwin’s Trump then picks briefcases from actors playing Sen. Chuck Schumer (Alex Moffat), whom Baldwin’s Trump describes as “the older Jewish woman on Case 4,” as well as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Rep.s Maxine Waters (Leslie Jones) and Ocasio-Cortez.
“Trump and the GOP are terrified of me because I’m under 100 and I know how to use Instagram,” Villaseñor’s Ocasio-Cortez says.
Finally, Trump takes the deal presented to him by a Clemson player (Pete Davidson) — who offers him a case of “hamberders,” in a nod to the fast-food feast the president treated the team to for their White House visit and his misspelled tweet announcing it.
Earlier in the day, the real-life Trump had offered protections for 1 million immigrants in exchange for a $5.7 billion border wall. The Democrats rejected his deal.