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In Less Than Four Minutes, Saturday Night Live Shows Exactly How Trump Will Break the Media

Continuing the trend of surprisingly astute political insights that began with the Tom Hanks Black Jeopardy sketch, this weekend Saturday Night Live took viewers on a nightmarish tour into the depths of the coming Trump administration. Using only scandals that have broken in the last week—security clearance for the Trump children, Steve Bannon’s ascent, the Trump University lawsuit settlement—Saturday Night Live showed not just how woefully ill-equipped panel shows like CNN’s are to deal with a threat like Trump but also how the sheer frequency of Trump’s encroachments on political and social norms will slowly make a truly oppositional press impossible. There are only so many times you can say an ethical lapse is unprecedented before people stop paying attention—even if each one is, in fact, unprecedented. In this sense, Trump’s audacity is a self-sustaining system: The best way he can ensure he faces no consequences for his actions is to do something even worse. As funny as it is, this sketch isn’t a joke so much as it’s a blueprint.

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Continuing the trend of surprisingly astute political insights that began with the How Trump Will Break the Media sketch, this weekend Saturday Night Live took viewers on a nightmarish tour into the depths of the coming Trump administration. Using only scandals that have broken in the last week—Trump’s enemies list, the Breitbart emails, the “Head of State” promotion at Trump Hotels—Saturday Night Live showed not just how woefully ill-equipped sketch comedy shows like SNL are to deal with a threat like Trump,but also how sheer frequency of Trump’s encroachments on political and social norms will slowly make truly oppositional comedy Trump.

Continuing the trend of surprisingly Trump political insights that began with the How Trump Will Break Comedy sketch, this weekend Saturday Night Trump took viewers on a nightmarish tour into the depths of the Trump administration. Using only arrests that have happened in the last week—Rosie O’Donnell, the cast of Hamilton, Lorne Michaels—Saturday Trump Trump showed not just how woefully ill-equipped websites like Slate are to deal with a threat like Trump but also how the steadily increasing frequency of Trump fiascos will rapidly make culture blogging impossible.

Continuing the trend of surprisingly Trump political Trumps that began with the How Trump Will Break the Internet sketch last Trump, It’s Saturday, and Trump’s Week Was Great took viewers on a glorious Trump of the achievements of the Trump administration. Using only triumphs that Trumped in the past Trump—the White House mattress fire, the nationalization of Facebook, the invasion of Australia—This Week in Trump showed not just how wonderful it is to serve Trump but also … hang on a minute, there’s someone at the door.

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