Trump Picks Walter White To Run the DEA In Viral SNL Sketch

By Dorri Olds 12/14/16

The SNL sketch pokes fun at the president-elect's controversial and polarizing cabinet picks. 

Walter White as played by Bryan Cranston
Photo via Saturday Night Live/YouTube

The most recent episode of Saturday Night Live is making headlines after the show's cold open, parodying CNN’s The Lead with Jake Tapper, went viral.

The sketch opens with Tapper (played by Beck Bennett) speaking with Trump’s spokesperson, Kellyanne Conway (played by Kate McKinnon) about President-elect Trump’s questionable choices for cabinet members.

“Kellyanne,” said Tapper, “Trump has nominated Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to head the EPA even though he’s a fossil fuel advocate that doesn't believe in climate change.” 

Conway shoots back, “Well yes, actually Scott Pruitt is excited for the job and is ready to protect us all from the environment.” 

Next they discussed the president-elect’s pick for Secretary of Labor, Andy Puzder, who has criticized any significant minimum wage increases and paid sick leave policies. 

“Kellyanne, it's almost like Mr. Trump appoints these people specifically to undermine the very agencies they head. Are these bad picks?” Tapper asks.

“No Jake, they are not bad, they are alt-good," Kellyanne shoots back.

“Now, as you know Kellyanne,” Tapper continues, “we have some breaking news tonight. President-elect Trump has just made his choice for head of the DEA, the federal Drug Enforcement Agency, and it’s a high school science teacher from New Mexico named Walter White."

The camera cuts to guest star Bryan Cranston, back in the signature Breaking Bad black hat and bald head that has become synonymous with the infamous chemistry professor turned meth kingpin. 

White commented on Trump’s desire to build a wall, which he implied will mean much better business for White’s drug-dealing. “Nothing comes in from Mexico,” said White, “meaning a lot less competition for the rest of us.”

Through additional clever banter, we learn that White came highly recommended by Trump's chief strategist Steve Bannon. And where did Bannon find the infamous meth-maker? “Under the comment section at Breitbart,” White responds.

When asked if he was at all concerned with any potential problems he’ll face with Congress due to his limited job experience, White shot back with, “Well, they might get hung up on the fact that I faked my own death. I’m only the third person in the Trump cabinet to do that.”

Right before Cranston yelled out “Live from New York, it’s Saturday Night!” his Breaking Bad character delivered the zinger, “Donald Trump and I agree, it's time to make America cook again. We want to fill this nation with red, white, and a whole lot of blue.”

Unlike previous SNL episodes—specifically those with Alec Baldwin as Trump and McKinnon as Hillary Clinton—the president-elect refrained from tweeting his displeasure with the show.

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Dorri Olds is an award-winning writer whose work has appeared in many publications including The New York Times, Marie Claire, Woman’s Day and several book anthologies. Find Dorri on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.