When life hands you Kanye West insisting that time is a myth while visiting Donald Trump inside the Oval Office for no particular reason...well, there's no way that scenario could be any stranger. Before West even leapt into Trump's arms for a hug, it was crystal clear this was going to be the cold open of this week's Saturday Night Live. SNL couldn't possibly resist low-hanging fruit this ripe.
"I love you, Kanye. We have a lot more in common than people know," Trump says toward the end of the sketch. "We are both geniuses, we’re both married to beautiful women and we’ve both definitely been recorded saying the 'n-word.'"
To kickoff Seth Meyers' return to Studio 60, the cold open recreated that majestically pointless West/Trump meeting. It also marked Alec Baldwin's first appearance this season as the commander-in-chief. Chris Redd played West, with much of his dialogue being taken verbatim from the rapper's diatribe on Thursday.
As the meeting of very stable geniuses commences, we got to hear Trump's inner monologue: "I was in the room with Dennis Rodman and Kim Jong Un and they made a lot more sense than him...Wow, this guy can talk. He doesn't stop. He doesn't listen to anyone but himself, who does he remind me of?...Oh my god, he’s black me!"
Baldwin also gave nod to his controversial Hollywood Reporter interview this week, the one in which he said that "ever since I played Trump, black people love me." During the sketch, he confidently says, "Let's remember, the big lesson today, that black people love me. They love me way more than they love Alec Baldwin."
This wasn't the only Kanye reference of the evening: during the monologue, Meyers told a story about an SNL sketch West did with him in which he went around interrupting award shows (and this happened two years before the Taylor Swift incident). And then during Weekend Update, Meyers teamed with Colin Jost and Michael Che for a special "Really?!" segment all about the summit.
"Really?! Don't you have better things to do?" Meyers says to start the bit. "And by the way, when I say that, I'm really not sure which of you I'm talking to." Jost added, "And really, you could tell a lot by how each of them prepared for the meeting. Kanye prepared by learning every fact in the world backwards, while Trump prepared by clearing his desk of any valuables." And Che said he was able to negotiate four "n-words" into his contract and used this opportunity to let one fly.
After showing a photo of the two hugging, Meyers said, "It is so rare that you can see black people and white supremacists betrayed in the exact same moment." Ultimately, everyone decides this was Obama's and Meyers' fault. Check it out below: