SNL Satirizes Trump's Bible Project: A Real Joke

SNL explores Trump's unique foray into religious merchandise.

by Nouman Rasool
SNL Satirizes Trump's Bible Project: A Real Joke
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In a normally sparkling Saturday Night Live cold open, the legendary comedy showcase took aim at Donald Trump's new venture: selling the "God Bless the USA Bible." The special edition will set buyers back $59.99 and is named after the rousing patriotic song of similar name by country crooner Lee Greenwood, "God Bless the USA." But that's not all.

This version is all-American—from the U.S. Declaration of Independence, and Pledge of Allegiance—with the handwritten refrain from Greenwood's classic. James Austin Johnson as Trump threaded the audience through this strange braid of faith and nationalism.

"Ejson, whenever I look at myself in comparison with Jesus Christ, a tradition I go long with and the people seem to go along with," mused Trump Johnson.

Trump's Bible Business

The irony—Trump, almost in a surreal reality, is entering into Bible sales—is emphasized and authenticates the product through the frame of comedy.

In a sarcastic note, Johnson called the "God Bless the USA Bible" his favorite book—the more commercial spin of an endorsement coming from his boss, Donald Trump. "This really does not have anything to do with the profit; it's for the glory of God, pandering, and yes, mostly for the money," he quipped.

The sketch, in fact, was pointing to a lament at the apparent lack of religion and Christianity in the country. Therefore, the whole country needs to be sensitized on the integration of religion and Christianity back into the societal fabric not for religious principles but comic relief that adult mission trips offer.

But the spoof also explored spiritual questions. Johnson's Trump broke down the Holy Trinity into members of Destiny's Child, casting thejson heavenly roles of Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland, and Michelle Williams in a comic analogy of the kind that highlighted the standard mix of pop culture and religious affairs that were part and parcel of SNL.

Johnson's Trump closed the sketch with a Lord's Prayer, filled with phrases from Johnson, ending it with a reference to the Easter bunny. So, this part of SNjsoncaptured the political satire, cultural commentary, and comedy concoction that the show is known for excellently, with a daring take on Trump's newest business.

In this comic lens, SNL continues to be purely comic whilst providing a derisive mirror to the insanities of our time, politically and culturally.