'SNL' premiere: Baldwin's Trump slams San Juan mayor, NFL protesters

Published: Sunday, October 01, 2017 @ 2:41 AM

Alec Baldwin Returns As Donald Trump In SNL Premiere

"Saturday Night Live" is back – and the iconic comedy show doesn't appear to be giving President Donald Trump a free pass anytime soon.

The season 43 premiere kicked off with a fresh skewering of the president, starting with his response to the devastation in Puerto Rico and ensuing feud with San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz.

>> Watch the sketch here

In the cold open, Melissa Villaseñor, playing Cruz, called Alec Baldwin's Trump, pleading for federal assistance. He promised to send aid by "Tuesday, Wednesday at the latest."

"Mr. President, that's not good enough," Villaseñor-as-Cruz replied.

"Well, you should've paid your bills," Baldwin's Trump fired back. "FEMA takes a few days unless you join FEMA Prime."

Memorable SNL Presidential Impressions

Baldwin-as-Trump said he wants to help Puerto Rico, "but we have to take care of America first."

"Wait, you do know we're a U.S. territory, don't you?" Villaseñor's Cruz asked.

Baldwin's Trump, mouth agape, hesitated before stammering, "I mean, I do, but not many know that, no."

He later hung up on her, saying, "Wow, that woman was so nasty." 

>> Watch a clip here

The sketch then tackled Trump's recent response to NFL players' national anthem protests.

"I'm a little embarrassed that I said it's a black-and-white issue," said Aidy Bryant, playing Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. "I should've said it's a black-versus-white issue."

>> Read more trending news

"It's disgraceful," Baldwin's Trump responded. "You know, I actually love football. I could've played. People say I remind them of an NFL player because I'm combative, I like to win and I might have a degenerative brain disease."

>> See the clip here

The cold open also took aim at Attorney General Jeff Sessions (Kate McKinnon), who popped up in the Oval Office and hopped into the president's lap to get back on his good side.

"I might look adorable, but I'm frightening," McKinnon's Sessions said.

>> See the GIF here

Much to McKinnon-as-Sessions' dismay, Trump cut their chat short for dinner with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (Alex Moffat).

"Sir, are you really leaving with him?" McKinnon's Sessions asked.

"I told you, I'm nothing if not loyal," Baldwin's Trump replied. "Come over here, Chuck. We're both New Yorkers, we both enjoy a good slice, we never go to Times Square and we love saying ..."

McKinnon and Moffat joined Baldwin to finish the sentence: "Live from New York, it's Saturday night!"

Saturday Night Live – By the Numbers

Related

Thief breaks into home, only steals family dog

Published: Sunday, December 17, 2017 @ 11:37 PM

Maxi was the only thing missing after a thief broke into a family's home. (Photo: Boston25News.com)
Maxi was the only thing missing after a thief broke into a family's home. (Photo: Boston25News.com)

A Newton family says their home was broken into on Friday, but the most bizarre part of the theft is that the burglar only took one thing from the house -- the family's dog.

>> Read more trending news

The situation has the family wondering who would've done something like this, and what their motivations may have been. They are now offering a large reward for whomever can bring their beloved dog back home.

"My kids are having a hard time, and it's Christmas, it's around Christmas. I don't understand why would anyone do this," said Vanessa Kelly. "This dog is not just a dog, he's part of our family. He's like a child. He's my child."

Home is not the same for this family now that their 1-year-old, 10-pound Havanese dog is missing.

Vanessa Kelly and Andres Zuneiga say they discovered their dog Maxi was gone when they came home on Friday and he didn't come to the door. 

Their other dogs, they say, looked shaken up -- one was acting shy and vomiting --when they discovered footprints in the back yard and a screen door that had been tampered with.

They believe the thieves came in through the back and went out the front. Neighbors told them they saw two young men chasing the dog down the block and a suspicious car nearby.

"I don't feel safe in my own house. I mean they came in and stole our little dog. It's unbelievable," Zuneiga said. 

The couple says they don't know why someone would've targeted them, but they find it suspicious that the thieves took nothing but the dog.

The family says that, regardless of why someone would want to take their dog, they just want their family member back, and they're willing to pay.

"We are holding onto hope, we're offering a high reward. If this was a joke, it's fine. We understand. We won't present charges. Just bring our dog back and let's move on," Kelly and Zuneiga said.

Newton Police are aware of the theft and are investigating this puzzling incident.

Florida man offers $10,000 reward for return of pet monkey

Published: Sunday, December 17, 2017 @ 11:14 PM

A caphuchin monkey. (Photo: Kenneth Hong/Flickr/Creative Commons) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/
A caphuchin monkey. (Photo: Kenneth Hong/Flickr/Creative Commons) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/

A Broward County family is offering a $10,000 reward for the return of their 3-month-old capuchin monkey stolen from their home.

>> Read more trending news

Carl Minix said someone broke into his house through a bedroom window while he and his wife were out to dinner, and took their exotic pet named Henry but nothing else, WSVN in Miami reported. 

Minix said he spent about $9,000 on Henry, including the time and expense of getting a state permit. "I worked a long time to be able to get him," he said.
But it's about more than money to Minix.

"That’s my child," he said. 

Minix hired investigator Jamie Katz to help in the search.

"Just give him up. There's no questions asked," Katz said. "They’re will be no charges, no anything. We just want Henry back."

'I think 'The Walking Dead' started like this’: Twitter reacts to Atlanta airport shutdown

Published: Sunday, December 17, 2017 @ 8:51 PM

Passengers wait for the lights to come back on at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport Sunday, December 17, 2017. The Airport is reporting a loss of electricity. The FlightAware site reports the airport is currently holding all. (Photos: Steve Schaefer/The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
Passengers wait for the lights to come back on at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport Sunday, December 17, 2017. The Airport is reporting a loss of electricity. The FlightAware site reports the airport is currently holding all. (Photos: Steve Schaefer/The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

A power outage was reported at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport around 1 p.m. Sunday.

>> Read more trending news

Reports from the scene describe a swirling mass of people trying to get cellphone signals in a darkened airport.

Online, people began posting photos and video they said were taken at the scene.

Other people reacted with a skepticism of Atlanta infrastructure, especially this year.

And of course, there were jokes.

For more information, check out the rest of the AJC’s coverage of the power loss.

Father sentenced to 6 months in jail after beating infant 

Published: Sunday, December 17, 2017 @ 5:20 PM

Richard A. Root. (Photo: Winnebago County Jail)
Richard A. Root. (Photo: Winnebago County Jail)

A man who broke more than 20 bones in his infant daughter was sentenced to jail on Friday.

>> Read more trending news

Richard A. Root, 21, beat his 2-month-old daughter in March because he said he was stressed and had not gotten enough sleep, according to The OshKosh Northwestern.

Root shook the 2-month-old and knelt on her legs while changing her diaper, according to court records. She suffered multiple broken bones, injuries to her face and brain bleeds, doctors said. 

She was taken to the hospital where she was treated and released to a family member, according to the Northwestern.

Root was sentenced to six months in jail and seven years of probation for child neglect resulting in great bodily harm. He is also supposed to undergo counseling.