'They're Not Bad; They're Alt-Good': 'SNL' Takes on Trump Cabinet Picks | NBC Bay Area

'They're Not Bad; They're Alt-Good': 'SNL' Takes on Trump Cabinet Picks

“Breaking Bad” drug kingpin Walter White makes a surprise appearance — as Trump's pick to lead the DEA

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    This week’s (Baldwin-less) "Saturday Night Live" continued its satirical coverage of Donald Trump’s march to the White House with a surprise appearance from “Breaking Bad” drug kingpin Walter White — Trump’s pick to run the Drug Enforcement Administration.

    "Trust me, I know the DEA better than anyone — inside and out," says Bryan Cranston, reprising his role as a chemistry teacher-turned methamphetamine producer.

    His introduction comes during a CNN sit-down with Trump aide Kellyanne Conway (Kate McKinnon) in which they dissect the president elect's cabinet picks.

    CNN host Jake Tapper (Beck Bennett) begins with the PEOTUS’ appointee to head the Environmental Protection Agency, Republican Oklahoma Attorney General and climate change skeptic Scott Pruitt.

    “Scott Pruitt is excited for the job, and he is ready to protect us all from the environment,” Conway responds.

    “Not sure that’s how it works,” Tapper says.

    Also under fire were Labor pick Andy Puzder (CEO of Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr.) and Exxon-Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson, who’s said to have close ties with Russia and is Trump's reported pick for Secretary of State

    “It’s almost like Mr. Trump appoints these people specifically to destroy the very agencies they head. Are these bad picks?” Tapper asks.

    “No, Jake, they are not bad; they are ‘alt-good.’”

    To further drive the point of Trump’s questionable choices home, news breaks during the segment of another new appointment: Meth king Walter White for head of the DEA.

    White explains that while he doesn't know Trump personally (he says Steve Bannon, Trump's top strategist, found him "in the comments section at 'Breitbart,'") he admires his plans to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. 

    "Nothing comes in from Mexico, meaning a lot less competition for the rest of us," he explains. 

    "You mean jobs?" Tapper asks.

    "Sure," White replies.

    The Trump skewering continues in "Weekend Update" where host Colin Jost asks German Chancellor Angela Merkel (Kate McKinnon) how she feels about her 2015 Time Magazine Person of the Year title being handed to Trump.

    "It kind of undermines the honor for me," she says. "It’s like winning the Nobel Prize for physics and then the next year they give it to Hoobastank." 

    McKinnon's Merkel also explains that the term "alt-right" goes by another name in Germany.

    "In Germany we call it 'why Grand Papa lives in Argentina now,'" she says.

    WWE star John Cena hosted the show, kicking it off with an attempt at singing a Christmas song that was repeatedly interrupted by 'SNL' stars attempting to fight him.

    Cena also appeared in sketches as a muscular man-servant and a muscular dating show host.

    Musical guest Maren Morris performed "My Church."