SNL Turns to Loving (Bare) Arms of Putin

Alec Baldwin stays home the night after Trump's inauguration
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 22, 2017 6:33 AM CST

Both President Trump and Alec Baldwin took the night off from sparring over the latter's impersonation of the former on Saturday Night Live, but America's brand new leader didn't exactly go unscathed, reports NPR. Though Baldwin was absent, Beck Bennett as shirtless Vladimir Putin kicked things off, adds Vanity Fair, attempting to console Americans who "are worried that your country is in the hands of this unpredictable man. But don't worry, it's not." He continues: "Many Russians were skeptical of me at first, too, but today, no one seems to hear from any of them. It's like they're gone." Meanwhile, host Aziz Ansari wasted little time in noting that it's "pretty cool to know (Trump's) probably at home watching a brown guy make fun of him," before coining the term "lowercase kkk" to describe a segment of supporters he says no longer feel they have to hide "casual" racism. Both sketches in the gallery. (More Saturday Night Live stories.)

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