May 10, 2020 | 9:14am | Updated May 10, 2020 | 10:07am
Alec Baldwin returned as President Trump for the season finale of “Saturday Night Live” — chugging Clorox while giving a college commencement speech by Zoom.
In the cold open, Baldwin’s Trump was told he was the eighth pick for the graduates’ speech, with preferred options Axl Rose, murder hornets and even X Æ A-12, Elon Musk’s new baby with singer Grimes.
Just one student clapped as he appeared in a trademark “Make America Great Again” hat” on their Zoom chat window, with the president telling them, “Congratulations to the class of COVID-19.”
“I’m so honored to be your valedictator,” he told them, meshing “valedictorian” and “dictator.”
The students soon started calling for White House coronavirus task force expert Dr. Anthony Fauci to replace him, much to the fake Trump’s ire.
“Sure, everyone loves Fauci — don’t you hate when these elite medical experts tell you what to do?” Baldwin’s president said, later insisting he was “the world’s leading expert on infectious diseases.’
Baldwin’s Trump then made a dry cough — a key symptom of the coronavirus — before chugging from a bottle of Clorox bleach.
“Good old invincibility juice,” he said, as the skit teased Trump for questioning whether disinfectant could be injected into the body to kill the coronavirus, remarks he later insisted were sarcastic.
The pretend Trump then tried to make a true motivational speech, telling the graduates to “believe in yourselves and you can achieve anything” — noting that he “started as the son of a simple, wealthy slumlord.”
“Surround yourself with the worst people you can find. That way you’ll always shine,’ he told them, also advising them to just call anything they don’t understand “stupid.”
“And live every day like it’s your last — because we’re gonna let this virus run wild,” he told them.
“This virus that — remember — was started in a lab in Obama,” he said, naming the former president in place of Wuhan, the Chinese city where the contagion originated.
By the end, all but one of the students had switched off from his Zoom call.
“Wow, this crowd has thinned out faster than Adele,” Baldwin’s Trump said, referring to the British singer’s dramatic weight loss.
Baldwin then transferred to the rest of the show by saying, “Taped from my home one last time — it’s Saturday night.”