SNL Satirizes Trump Bible Project in Opening Sketch: A Blend of Humor and Reality

SNL's latest sketch ventures into uncharted comedic territory

by Zain ul Abedin
SNL Satirizes Trump Bible Project in Opening Sketch: A Blend of Humor and Reality
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In a recent episode that perfectly encapsulates satire, "Saturday Night Live" mocked Donald Trump's newest business venture: selling the "God Bless the USA Bible." This particular version, priced at $59.99, combines patriotism and spirituality by including famous American texts like the U.S.

Constitution, the Bill of Rights, the Declaration of Independence, and the Pledge of Allegiance, as well as the handwritten lyrics of Lee Greenwood's patriotic song "God Bless the USA." The show's cold open featured James Austin Johnson embodying the former president with uncanny precision, intertwining Trump's characteristic bravado with the Easter season.

"It’s Easter, the time of year when I liken myself to Jesus Christ. It's become somewhat of a tradition, and since it's been well-received, I intend to continue," Johnson's Trump declared. The sketch humorously critiqued Trump's foray into selling Bibles, a move that, as Johnson's Trump acknowledged, "sounds like a jest, but is, in fact, a reality." Portraying Trump holding the Bible, Johnson lauded it as "crafted from 100% Bible material," claiming it to be his "favorite book." Yet, the pitch quickly veered into satirical territory as he admitted, "I'm not doing this for the money.

I'm doing this for the glory of God, and for pandering, and mostly for money." Johnson's Trump lamented the perceived disappearance of religion and Christianity from American life, proposing the "God Bless the USA Bible" as a solution, albeit with a humorous twist.

He mused about the enjoyable aspects of adult mission trips, including the construction of houses in Mexico and the potential for romantic escapades, before returning to the solitude of Clearwater, Florida, as if nothing had happened.

Divine Destiny's Child

Further diving into religious satire, Johnson's Trump likened the Holy Trinity to Destiny's Child, assigning roles to Beyoncé as God and Kelly Rowland as Jesus and humorously pondering the identity of the Holy Ghost within this analogy.

He even quipped about a potential fourth member of Destiny's Child, promising to investigate further. The sketch concluded with a comically mangled rendition of the Lord's Prayer, blending sacred text with Trump's notorious speech patterns.

It ended on a note that intertwined the religious with the ridiculous, encapsulating the essence of "Saturday Night Live's" comedic critique. This blend of satire, humor, and current events not only showcases "SNL's" adeptness at navigating the complexities of American culture but also reflects on the intertwining of politics, religion, and entertainment in today's society.