SNL's 'Donald Trump' and 'Nancy Pelosi' face off in a hilarious game of 'Deal or No Deal'

SNL's 'Donald Trump' and 'Nancy Pelosi' face off in a hilarious game of 'Deal or No Deal'

Saturday Night Live has been on hiatus since before President Donald Trump's shutdown showdown started.


SNL opened its first show of 2019 with a skit that found Trump playing Deal or No Deal over the re-opening of the government.

Kenan Thompson played show host Steve Harvey, taking Alec Baldwin's Trump character through negotiations with Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, Mitch McConnell and a Clemson football player.

"Earlier today you went on TV and you told the American people that you wanted to make a deal," the host said. "So we decided to do this in the only format you understand: a TV game show with women holding briefcases."

Pelosi, played by the always dead-on Kate McKinnon, offered Trump a billion "to say Nancy's my mommy," which Trump rejected.

"One billion, that's a lot of money," said the Harvey character.

"Yes, but it's not $5 billion and I need $5 billion because—it's the first random number I said," Trump answered.

Later in the skit, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez makes her SNL debut.

"Trump and the GOP are just terrified of me because I'm under 100 and I'm good at Instagram," she said.

In the end, Trump does strike a deal to end the government shutdown "and release the kids from cages."

Watch below.

sn from Martin Cizmar on Vimeo.

Enjoy this piece?

… then let us make a small request. AlterNet’s journalists work tirelessly to counter the traditional corporate media narrative. We’re here seven days a week, 365 days a year. And we’re proud to say that we’ve been bringing you the real, unfiltered news for 20 years—longer than any other progressive news site on the Internet.

It’s through the generosity of our supporters that we’re able to share with you all the underreported news you need to know. Independent journalism is increasingly imperiled; ads alone can’t pay our bills. AlterNet counts on readers like you to support our coverage. Did you enjoy content from David Cay Johnston, Common Dreams, Raw Story and Robert Reich? Opinion from Salon and Jim Hightower? Analysis by The Conversation? Then join the hundreds of readers who have supported AlterNet this year.

Every reader contribution, whatever the amount, makes a tremendous difference. Help ensure AlterNet remains independent long into the future. Support progressive journalism with a one-time contribution to AlterNet, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you. Click here to donate by check.

DonateDonate by credit card

Close

Thanks for your support!

Did you enjoy AlterNet this year? Join us! We're offering AlterNet ad-free for 15% off - just $2 per week. From now until March 15th.