One of the best facets of a democracy is the ability to openly mock and satirize those in power without the fear of repercussion or execution.
Saturday Night Live has been satirizing politicians for as long as it’s been on the air.
With the election of Donald Trump, the comedy basically writes itself. The new book, You Can’t Spell America Without Me: The Really Tremendous Inside Story of My Fantastic First Year as President Donald J. Trump (A So-Called Parody), is co written by Alec Baldwin (who has played Trump on SNL since last year to hilarious perfection) and Kurt Andersen. Written from the point of view of SNL’s parody of Trump, the book tells the story of his Presidency so far.
This book is so funny that the reader has choice but to laugh out loud at points. It feels almost cathartic to read, especially considering that the real life Trump is possibly leading America down a black hole that we may not be able to climb out of.
I recommend it.