Donald Trump Hosted 'Saturday Night Live' In 2004 & What's Changed For Him Since Then?
Wait, Donald Trump has time — in between all of his avid money making and running for presidency and discussing how he will build a wall to keep immigrants out — to host SNL again? Uh, yeah, NBC announced Tuesday that Trump will be hosting Saturday Night Live on November 7. If you are confused, but slightly excited to see that happen, you are not alone: It's been 11 years since Donald Trump hosted back in 2004, and, even though I'm curious to see what new things he'll bring to the table, I have to wonder: was Trump still Trump back then? I mean, he's always been Trump, but... you know what I mean?
You'll be happy (or maybe sad?) to learn that potential commander-in-chief hasn't really changed that much. He has, and will probably always be, entertaining to watch (despite that being his intention), and he has, and will probably always be, unabashed in his braggadocio. Even his appearance hasn't shifted: He's still rocking the the same 'do (as if that would ever change), still wearing suits that are probably more expensive than my car, and still using his hands and pursed lips to drive home the points he's passionate about.
Yes, he was still just as Trump-y then as he is now. Let's take a look back at all the other ways he hasn't changed since the last time he hosted SNL in 2004, as we wait for the episode to air on November 7:
1. He Still Loved Money
In his opening monologue back in 2004, Trump refers to his spot as the highest-paid television personality in America. "Highest paid means best, right?" Yes, we get it: you're saying the more money you have, the better you are, yadda, yadda.
2. He Was Making Unfortunate Comments
Not much has changed there. Trump continues in his monologue, "I'm primarily occupied with ... making love to woman who have won prizes for their beauty." OK, Trump. No.
3. He Still Thought He Was The Best
"It's great to be here at Saturday Night Live, but I'll be completely honest, it's even better for Saturday Night Live that I'm here. Nobody's bigger than me, nobody's better than me." Sure, Trump, sure.
4. He Still Thought Everyone Loved Him
In the Regis and Kelly SNL skit on that same episode, where Trump played none other than, well, Trump, he said jokingly, "I always knew I was a brilliant businessman I knew my book How to Get Rich would be a best seller immediately ... but I had no idea people would love me this much on television."
In real life, 11 years later, Trump still believes that everybody loves him.
5. He Was Still Obsessed With Building Huge Things
In that same Regis and Kelly skit, Trump said, "We're building a new Trump tower on top of the old Trump tower. It's going to be huge."
Obviously, this is a joke, but I can't help but think how similar this sounds to the great immigration wall he's been referring to ever since his presidential candidacy announcement speech: "I will build a great wall — and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me —and I’ll build them very inexpensively. I will build a great, great wall on our southern border, and I will make Mexico pay for that wall. Mark my words." Just... no comment.
6. He Was Still Trying To Sell His Books
Then Trump talked all about how much of a bestseller his book was during the skit. In his presidential candidacy announcement speech this year, he asserted, "We need a leader that wrote The Art of the Deal."
7. He Was Still Not Afraid To Parody Himself
I know I'm mostly giving him a hard time, but in all fairness, I guess Trump's ability to make fun of himself is something worth noting as positive. Not many people — especially those in politics — are willing to do that.
It will definitely be interesting to see how far he's willing to go though, 11 years later and with much higher stakes on the table. One things for sure: however it turns out, it will still probably be better than the majority of his speeches. (Just sayin'.)
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