A look at all the Donald Trumps of 'Saturday Night Live'
Donald Trump has a storied history on “Saturday Night Live” that began long before his time in politics.
The real estate mogul has been portrayed on the show nearly 60 times between 1988 and 2018 — a record for the most impersonated real-life figure.
Trump took to Twitter Friday to mock the latest actor donning the wig and fake tan, Alec Baldwin.
“Alex Baldwin, whose dieing mediocre career was saved by his impersonation of me on SNL, now says playing DJT was agony for him. Alex, it was also agony for those who were forced to watch,” Trump posted on Twitter at 5:45 a.m. Friday with noticeable misspellings, including “dieing” and Alex instead of Alec.
The President took issue with Baldwin — again — after the “30 Rock” star said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter that “it’s agony” to portray Trump.
“You were terrible,” Trump continued, once again slamming Baldwin’s talents. “Bring back Darrell Hammond, much funnier and a far greater talent!”
Hammond, who impersonated Trump 27 times as a cast member and later in cameo performances, is often favorited for his version of the businessman.
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Trump was first impersonated by cast member Phil Hartman on a 1988 episode that featured Kevin Kline as host and musical guest Bobby McFerrin.
Jan Hooks as Ivana Trump, Phil Hartman as Donald Trump during the “Trump Prenuptial Agreements” skit on “Saturday Night Live” February 17, 1990.
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Hartman and Jan Hooks played Donald and Ivana in a sketch called “A Trump Christmas,” which was a spoof on “The Gift of the Magi,” mocking the couple’s complete disconnect from the average American by sipping champagne and detailing a purchase of diamonds from Tiffany’s.
Hartman didn’t nail Trump’s accent or mannerisms that have later been perfected by the likes of Hammond and Baldwin.
In 1990, the couple tackled the impressions once again when the real-life pair’s divorce made headlines. Hartman said, “I’m allowed to have mistresses provided they are younger than you,” in reference to the now-President’s then-affair with Marla Maples.
There were also two more appearances by Hartman as Trump in October 1989 and a second February 1990 jab.
Dana Carvey and guest Fred Savage also brought Trump into the conversation during a “Church Chat” sketch where they introduced Marla Maples as “the first official tabloid slut of the ’90s” during the second February appearance.
Hartman returned as Trump, honing in on the accent a little more, to defend himself against the accusations of cheating.
Darrell Hammond as Donald Trump during the “At This Hour Cold Open” sketch on “Saturday Night Live.” April 2, 2016.
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Hammond took over the Trump character in 1999 when he first appeared alongside a fellow businessman-turned-presidential candidate, Ross Perot, portrayed by Cheri Oteri.
“Apparently, fellas I wasn’t insane enough for the American people. What we need is a real nut bag,” Perot says as they try to find “a new crazy” leader for the reform party. Both Trump and Pat Buchanan (Chris Parnell) are grilled by Perot about their beliefs.
Hammond’s Trump defends illegal immigrants because he pays them next-to-nothing in his Atlantic City hotel and casino.
“They steal and talk funny,” his character said, nearly 10 years ago.
Hammond’s impression centered on “The Apprentice” version of Trump, not the mean-tweeting President, which seems to be why it resonated with viewers. He was more jovial and worked to perfect the President’s mannerisms, compared to Baldwin’s just straight over-the-top behavior.
Many Twitter users responded to Trump’s tweet, agreeing that Hammond was better.
“SNL” creator Lorne Michaels told the Washington Post that they called in Baldwin because they “needed another force, on an acting level, to have the power that Trump was embodying then.”
There were a handful of other impersonations by Hammond of Trump before the two went head-to-head during Trump’s hosting debut in 2004.
Trump as himself
Donald Trump first appeared as host in April 2004 after the first successful season of “The Apprentice” and later returned to the stage in November 2015 after already having announced his run for the presidency.
In his opening monologue, Trump said it was “even better for ‘Saturday Night Live'” that he was hosting.
“Nobody is bigger than me, nobody is better than me,” he said. “I’m a ratings machine.”
Trump commended his “really great replacement” Darrell Hammond during the monologue, saying “I love what you do, it’s great,” before Hammond delivered a: “You’re fired” in Trump’s signature tone.
He later met his match in Hammond when the pair completed a skit titled “The Prince and the Pauper.” Actual Trump played a janitor in Hammond’s Trump Tower office.
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Hammond continued his portrayal, Trump’s notable favorite, from 2004 on until 2011, taking a break until Trump announced his presidency. In November 2015, Hammond returned alongside Trump once again during the presidential candidate’s second hosting gig.
His long-running impersonation job was cut short when Michaels asked longtime host Alec Baldwin to take over Trump.
In a September 2017 interview with the Washington Post, 61-year-old Hammond — now the show’s announcer — said he started crying after finding out he’d been replaced.
“I couldn’t believe it. I was in shock, and I stayed in shock for a long time,” he said. “Everything wiped out. The brand, me, what I do. Corporate appearances canceled. It was a hell of a shock, and all of it was apparent to me in one breath. That ends me.”
Sudakeis joined John Cena, Leslie Jones and Vanessa Bayer in the one-timer club of acts who donned the Don’s look for just one short skit. The actor impersonated Trump in a 2012 “Fox & Friends” segment where they poked fun at Trump’s offer to give $5 million to charity if President Obama released his college transcripts.
Cast member Taran Killam did his own version of Trump during the 41st season premiere in October 2015 before Baldwin took over. Killam joined Trump on stage, along with Hammond, during the candidate’s monologue that November.
Alec Baldwin is the only comic to portray President Trump on “SNL” — and he’s received constant criticism from POTUS.
Alec Baldwin as President Elect Donald J. Trump during the Trump Press Conference Cold Open on “Saturday Night Live” January 14th, 2017.
Baldwin’s Trump has mocked and poked fun at the President’s actual policies and interactions during his presidency. The actor is also an outspoken detractor of Trump, using his Twitter account — much like the person he portrays — to call out his rival for just about all of his behavior.
Friday’s tweet from Trump slamming Baldwin was one of many. After seeing one of Baldwin’s early impersonations, the President wrote on Twitter: “Just tried watching Saturday Night Live — unwatchable!” Trump tweeted in December 2016.
“Totally biased, not funny and the Baldwin impersonation just can’t get any worse. Sad.”