If you haven’t yet watched Saturday Night Live, and you don’t want us to spoil it for you, fair warning: stop reading now. You’re still here? Okay. Let’s talk about what SNL did tonight. The opening sketch was an ensemble piece centered around Donald and Melania Trump, Rudy Giuliani, Michael Cohen, Vladimir Putin, and others. Yes, it was funny – and Alec Baldwin even poked fun at his own recent legal troubles. But there was one part that stood out in particular.
Now that Robert Mueller is making endgame moves and Donald Trump’s guilt in the Trump-Russia election scandal is becoming incrementally more clear each day, the mainstream media is finally talking about the possibility that Trump might not get to finish is term. But they’re still not ready to state the other thing that’s been fairly obvious for awhile now, to anyone paying close attention: Trump is headed to prison.
The thing about comedy is that it can get away with being ahead of the mainstream news narrative when it comes to the obvious things that the media isn’t willing to say just yet. So it was an important step when SNL had the fake Melania Trump tell the fake Donald Trump tonight that he could end up going to prison, and that he’d better transfer all his money to her before his assets get seized.
Yes, it was a punchline. This is Saturday Night Live, after all. But the most effective humor is rooted in truth. Even if Robert Mueller isn’t able to send Donald Trump to prison, he’ll be able to oust him. Then the state of New York will send Trump to prison. We’re finally getting close enough to Trump’s ouster and imprisonment that the media is talking ouster, and the comedians are talking prison. It’s about time.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report