Saturday Night Live took aim at Donald Trump yet again this week with a cold open discussing the president-elect’s dubious cabinet selections. While Alec Baldwin didn’t turn up to play the divisive politician this time around, the show got help from another big surprise guest: Bryan Cranston.
In Saturday’s cold open, CNN’s Jake Tapper (played by Beck Bennett) sat down with Trump’s top aide, Kellyanne Conway (played by Kate McKinnon) to discuss the 70-year-old business mogul’s controversial picks for the head of the EPA and the department of labor.
Recently, Trump he chose Scott Pruitt, a climate change denier and fossil fuel advocate, to lead the Environmental Protection Agency. Trump later tapped Carls’ Jr. CEO Andy Puzder to head the Department of Labor, despite Pudzer’s outspoken opposition to the minimum wage and government workplace regulation.
However, the most surprising pick thus far — according to Tapper — was Trump’s pick to lead the Drug Enforcement Agency: None other than everyone’s favorite meth dealer, Walter White.
Cranston, donning his iconic scruffy beard, black porkpie hat and khaki jacket, reprised his Emmy-winning Breaking Bad role, much to the surprised delight of the SNL audience, and described himself as an elementary school teacher.
Cranston, as White, explained that, while he might not have ever met Trump before, and he has no real political experience, he’s intimately familiar with the DEA “inside and out.”
White said he’s also got a lot of respect for Trump, and shares a lot of his same views, such as the need for a wall across the southern border.
“Nothing comes in from Mexico, meaning less competition for the rest of us,” White explained.
“You mean jobs?” Tapper asked.
“Sure…” White said, coyly.
In terms of congress balking at White’s nomination to the position given his limited experience, the wildly popular drug lord admitted, “They might get hung up on the fact that I faked my death.”
“I’m only the third person in the Trump cabinet to do that,” he added.
SNL has been going after Trump frequently during the campaign cycle and after he was elected in November, with Baldwin turning in several acclaimed performances as the president-elect. Check out the video below for a look at the Oscar-nominated star’s turn as Trump.