Hours before President Donald Trump announced the successful elimination of ISIS’s top leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the demonstrably liberal actors and actresses on “Saturday Night Live” performed a sketch mocking him for bringing jobs back to ISIS.
The sketch depicted a mock Trump rally brimming with stereotypical Trump supporters, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Sen. Lindsey Graham, and former U.S. President Bill Clinton (he accidentally stumbled into the rally thinking it was a party).
Also included among the Trump supporters was a member of ISIS.
“So great to see a young Trump supporter,” the ‘president’ says as the ISIS member steps up to the podium in the clip above.
“Oh, thank you. Thank you, Mr. President. Thank you,” the ISIS member replies.
“And where are you from? New Mexico?” the president inquires.
“ISIS!” the terrorist replies. “Yeah, I was a prisoner in Syria until last week when you freed me, so, I just wanted to say, thank you for bringing jobs back. To ISIS. And I promise that I will make ISIS great again! Whoo!”
“Terrific,” the fake Trump responds. “What a great guy. ISIS is back in a big, big way, folks. And we love that, don’t we? Okay.”
The sketch was based on the Democrat and “Never Trumper“-peddled talking point that Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria earlier this month amounted to him effectively surrendering to the Islamic State.
The talking point has been spouted by many lately, including even former White House Chief of Staff John Kelly:
In which John Kelly basically likens Trump’s Syria pullout to surrendering to ISIS. https://t.co/EUQszuNTYt
— Tyler Hansen (@tjhansen) October 26, 2019
— Rolling Stone (@RollingStone) October 15, 2019
Must read: the scope of Trump’s surrender to ISIS is as stunning as it is frightening. https://t.co/LlHV1MsS4G
— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) October 22, 2019
Trump’s surrender to ISIS has handed the Islamic terrorists their biggest win in more than four years. They have begun assassinating local officials and are starting their return. https://t.co/4hLQ8WXUri via @NYTimes
— Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) October 22, 2019
We know there are at least 30,000 ISIS fighters in the region and we know the leader of ISIS is still around. Unfortunately this ceasefire is looking more like a surrender than a peace deal. Our enemies like Russia, Iran and Turkey are playing chess while we’re playing checkers. pic.twitter.com/JzhXihwLyz
— Rep. Will Hurd (@HurdOnTheHill) October 20, 2019
But the events that transpired Saturday evening suggest this isn’t the case.
“Last night, the United States brought the world’s number one terrorist leader to justice,” the president announced from the White House early Sunday morning. “Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is dead. He was the founder and leader of ISIS, the most ruthless and violent terror organization anywhere in the world.”
The operation involved U.S. Special Operations Forces who, the president explained, “executed a dangerous and daring nighttime raid in northwestern Syria” sometime Saturday evening and “accomplished their mission in grand style.”
“The U.S. personnel were incredible,” he said. “I got to watch much of it. No personnel were lost in the operation, while a large number of Baghdadi’s fighters and companions were killed with him.”
Baghdadi died after he fled into a dead-end tunnel with three of his young children and detonated a suicide vest, killing all four of them.
Trump said he “died like a dog … like a coward.”
Listen to the president’s full announcement below:
The only thing the president appears to bring ISIS is death — lots of it.
The president first signaled something was up in a tweet posted late Saturday evening.
“Something very big has just happened!” he tweeted at 9:23 pm EST.
“SNL” also poked fun at this (and another tweet) as well.
“Earlier today Trump fired back at all his critics with this tweet: four dots,” one of the program’s fake journalists announced. “That was the whole tweet. And while you might think it’s a mistake, it’s still up on his account, and it’s got 41,000 likes.”
“Four dots is maybe the most ominous thing you could possibly tweet when you’re president, except what he tweeted just an hour ago, which was, ‘Something very big has just happened.’ With no further explanation. Which with Trump, could either mean we just invaded Mexico or the McRib is back.”
‘Saturday Night Live’ DID notice Trump’s “big news coming” tweet at 12:19 am…and made it fun of it. The al-Baghdadi news had broken by then. pic.twitter.com/IgfHX5hvG7
— NewsBusters (@newsbusters) October 27, 2019
The reaction to the show’s anti-Trump barrage has been swift and fierce:
Many things are not aging well today. SNL was running this skit while the Trump Admin was obliterating what remained of ISIS.
— IT Guy (@ITGuy1959) October 27, 2019
— Horned Toad (@hornedtoad8386) October 27, 2019
Hey #PeteDavidson how’s it feel when you open @nbcsnl on 10/26/19 criticizing @realDonaldTrump for pulling out of #Syria stating that #ISIS will re-emerge as an Islamic Terrorist group, just to find out an hour later that #AbuBakrAlBaghdadi is dead? #GodBlessAmerica #KAG2020
— BlueStateConservative (@BlueStateConse1) October 27, 2019
While @nbcsnl was trying to get laughs by playing iSIS characters, our military took out the ISIS leader. Liberals glorified through impersonation
— Wraith (@Wraith06173205) October 27, 2019
@nbcsnl Skit on ISIS and Trump takes out Al Baghdadi ? Egg on you faces!! Explains the low ratings
— Jeffrey Miller (@Jeffrey16428570) October 27, 2019
The latter Twitter user may have had a point about the show’s ratings. The show’s premiere last month flopped so badly it marked one of the “the lowest rating[s] posted by an ‘SNL’ season premiere” in recent years.
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