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    “SNL” Just Cast Their New Donald Trump Actor, And His Impression Is — Quite Frankly — Bone-Chilling

    James Austin Johnson might've just nabbed an Emmy nomination.

    Every Saturday Night Live episode starts with a cold open, which is usually about the political issues of the day.

    And last night’s cold open was no exception, starting the show off with spoofs of some stories you might’ve heard in the news this week: the Virginia gubernatorial election and Aaron Rodgers getting COVID-19.

    Winner of Virginia governor race Glenn Youngkin on the left and Aaron Rodgers in uniform on the right

    On hand to discuss these stories were, of course, Virginia Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin and Aaron Rodgers, by way of SNL cast members Alex Moffat and Pete Davidson (in a spectacular beard and wig).

    Akex as Glenn and Pete as Aaron

    They joined Judge Jeanine Pirro (Cecily Strong) on her show to discuss banning books and not getting vaccinated, which are both bad!

    Cecily as Jeanine with a Fox News Channel chyron

    But this was all preamble to "Judge Jeanine" introducing her special surprise guest, former president Donald Trump.

    Enter James Austin Johnson, one of SNL's new featured players and the owner of an absolutely uncanny Trump impression.

    James as Trump with the Fox News Channel chyron

    Johnson made his SNL debut in the first episode of the season, where he showed off his impression of Joe Biden.

    James as Biden at the podium with flags on either side

    And while his Biden is (very) good, Johnson's Trump impression is truly otherworldly.

    It felt as if I'd stepped into a time machine and was back in 2017, when the man was on TV every single day.

    Donald Trump joins Justice with Judge Jeanine.

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    Compared with previous Trump impressions on SNL, Johnson doesn't make him quite so exaggerated and goes for a more exact re-creation of the way he talks.

    Four versions of Trump on SNL

    As Trump, Johnson went on two minute-long rants that covered everything from Chris Pratt as Mario to Eternals to Santa Claus, and it didn't sound that different from what you might hear at one of Trump's actual rallies.

    It was, in a word, frightening, but also the funniest version of Trump that has ever been on the show. And yes, that includes when Trump himself hosted in 2015.

    You can watch the whole sketch right here:

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