'SNL': Alec Baldwin Returns for Impeachment 'Trial You Wish Had Happened' (Video)

This time, Trump’s trial had TV Judge Mathis presiding instead of Chief Justice Roberts


Alec Baldwin brought his Donald Trump impression back to “SNL” for the first time in 2020 for a cold open sketch focusing on Trump’s impeachment trial, such that it was, in the Senate this week. Except this time we got a twist, a la the “Days of Our Lives” parody from earlier this season. Except this time, we got “The Trial You Wish Had Happened.”

The big twist here is that John Roberts is out as the presiding judge, replaced instead by “SNL” regular Kenan Thompson as Judge Mathis. Yes, the Judge Mathis from TV.

The sketch then spent the next eight minutes running rapid fire through a series of witnesses, with several of the usual suspects appearing: Kate McKinnon as Lindsay Graham, Beck Bennett as Mitch McConnell, and Cecily Strong as John Bolton.

After a series of sycophantic remarks from the Republicans — McConnell’s “All men are innocent after proven guilty” being the highlight — “SNL” cast member Pete Davidson popped up as Hunter Biden, who rolled into the courtroom riding a hoverboard to make some jokes about nepotism.

Then McConnell and Graham came back in to plug coal and guns with some radio-style endorsements — “You can’t watch the Super Bowl without guns,” McKinnon’s Graham declared.

When Baldwin finally appeared as Trump about halfway through the sketch, he was sporting a walker like Harvey Weinstein has been doing at his own trial. Judge Mathis noticed what Trump was doing — especially after doing a spiel about being an frail old man — and demanded to know, “Are you trying to Weinstein me right now?”

After a brief segue with Mathis calling his cousin Vinny to the stand, with some non-sequitur jokes from the movie “My Cousin Vinny” thrown in, “SNL” cut back to Trump only to find him wearing the most ludicrous Phil Spector wig.

You can watch the sketch in full in the video embedded up at the top of this post.

14 Times 'The Simpsons' Predicted the Future (Photos)

  • “The Simpsons” has an eerie knack for predicting the future, from Donald Trump’s presidency to U.S. beating Sweden for an Olympic gold medal in curling. Here are 14 times the long-running comedy series got it right. 

  • Lady Gaga 

    On the episode “Lisa Goes Gaga,” Lady Gaga is shown suspended by cables flying over the audience at a concert. Well surprise, surprise because at the Super Bowl LI’s halftime show, Gaga descended from the stadium’s roof with suspension cables wearing pretty much the same outfit on her episode. 


  • 2016 Nobel Prize Winner 

    In a 2010 episode, Milhouse predicted that Bengt R. Holmstrom would win the Nobel Prize in Economics and, sure enough, in 2016 Holmstrom and Oliver Hart were announced as joint winners of the prize. 


  • Donald Trump Presidency 

    Seventeen years ago in an episode titled “Bart to the Future,” Lisa becomes president after Donald Trump, apparently, ruined the economy. 



  • Siegfried and Roy Tiger Attack 

    In 1993, an episode titled “$pringfield (Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Legalized Gambling),” magicians in a Siegfried and Roy-like show got attacked by their trustworthy tiger.

    In 2003, Roy was attacked by one of their white tigers during a live performance. He sustained injuries, but lived.



  • Arnold Palmer 

    On the 28th season premiere, the satirical series made an Arnold Palmer joke… on the day that golfer Arnold Palmer died.

    Homer Simpson tells his wife Marge that he plans to “Arnold Palmer” his pal Lenny.

    “Arnold Palmer Lenny?” Marge responds. “You’re going to Arnold Palmer Lenny?”

    He was of course referring to the lemonade and iced tea drink mixture — which was named after the golfer. 


  • Faulty Voting Machine 

    During the 2012 elections, a voting machine proved faulty when votes cast for Barack Obama went to Mitt Romney instead.

    In a 2008 episode, Homer Simpson went to the voting booths to cast a vote for Obama, but… his vote went to McCain instead. 


  • Higgs Boson 

    In a 1998 episode, “The Wizard of Evergreen Terrace,” Homer writes out an equation on a chalkboard which, if solved, “you get the mass of a Higgs boson that’s only a bit larger than the nano-mass of a Higgs boson actually is,” says Simon Singh, science author.


  • Horse Meat Scandal 

    In 1994, an episode titled “Sweet Seymour Skinner’s Baadasssss Song,” the lunch lady was seen reaching into a barrel labeled “assorted horse parts” and putting the meat into the school’s lunch pot.

    In 2013, it was reported that traces of horse DNA was found in beef products across the UK. 



  • Guitar Hero 

    The now basically extinct but once popular video game Guitar Hero was first released in 2005.

    But in a 2002 “The Simpsons” episode, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards give Homer a jacket that has “guitar hero” printed on the back of it. 


  • Farmville 

    The virtual reality game, Farmville, was all the craze in 2009 with people rushing home from work or school to tend to their farm.

    In a 1998 episode, “The Simpsons” shows a scene were kids are excited to play in a yard work simulator. 


  • Old Beatles Letters 

    In Season 2’s episode 18, “Brush With Greatness,” Ringo Starr from the Beatles is shown responding to fan letters while saying: “They took the time to write me, and I don’t care if it takes me another 20 years. I’m going to answer every one of them.”

    Well, two women in England received a reply to their fan mail form Sir Paul McCartney 50 years later. 


  • Smart Watches 

    Sorry Apple, but “The Simpsons” had smart watches first.

    In a 1995 episode in which the show is set in the future, Lisa’s husband is shown speaking to a phone on his wrist. 

    The first smartwatch wasn’t created until 2013.


  • Disney Owns Fox 

    Back in 1998, a quick scene in “The Simpsons” showed 20th Century Fox as “a Division of Walt Disney Co.” And in March 2019, Disney completed its $71.3 billion acquisition of 21st Century Fox’s film and TV assets.


  • U.S. Wins an Olympic Gold Medal in Curling

    In 2010, Homer and Marge beat Sweden and took home an Olympic gold medal for Team U.S.A. in Mixed Match Curling. As the animated sportscaster said, “Open your history books, tear out the pages and put this indelible Olympic moment in.”


From Donald Trump’s presidency to Disney buying Fox to U.S. winning Olympic gold in curling

“The Simpsons” has an eerie knack for predicting the future, from Donald Trump’s presidency to U.S. beating Sweden for an Olympic gold medal in curling. Here are 14 times the long-running comedy series got it right. 

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