Former Saturday Night Live “Weekend Update” anchor Norm Macdonald was recently interviewed by the Daily Beast, and he had some choice words for how liberal comedians like those on his former show have been attacking President Trump and handling his presidency.
Said Norm about the Saturday Night Live episode right after the election, “Did you see that? And this wasn’t even a tragedy; just a guy got elected. They open the show with Kate McKinnon singing ‘Hallelujah’ by Leonard Cohen. And I was sad Leonard Cohen died, I love Leonard Cohen. But at the end, Kate McKinnon said, ‘I’m going to get through this and so are you.’ I was like, what the f–k are we getting through? That a man was duly elected president? What are you, crazy?”
He continued, “Like, at first, I seriously thought she meant Leonard Cohen’s death. And I was like, well I can get through that. I can get through anything. I got through my own father’s death. You think I can’t get through a man getting elected president of the United States? It was so absurd that, for some reason, she was the one that was supposed to let me know that it’s alright to go on. Go on as if nothing happened. Nothing exploded.”
Macdonald also opined that Alec Baldwin and others actually failed when they tried to disparage Trump. He explained, “I love Alec Baldwin. And one of my best friends, Jim Downey, writes the political sketches….But I think they’re playing into Trump’s hands. Because if you satirize someone, or mock them, you’re trivializing any danger that they might be. I don’t know any other way to do something. You can’t get a laugh without making the person more likable.”
He later added, giving his theory on why Hillary lost the election, “I always wrote non-political jokes, because I just hate politics so much. Jim Downey wrote the political jokes. And I was kind of shocked, because someone sent me a thing of all the Hillary jokes I did. It was like 20 minutes of them. And they were all, every one of them, the premise was that she was a huge liar. And that was like 20 years ago. I didn’t know that. I guess she was. My theory is this: People hated Hillary Clinton so much that they voted for someone they hated more than Hillary Clinton in order to rub it in.” Do you think Norm Macdonald is right?