Taran Killam, Donald Trump, and Darrell Hammond on “SNL.”
There’s no need to read between the lines here (which is probably good news for the president).
Former “SNL” star and Donald Trump impersonator Taran Killam has confirmed everyone’s worst suspicions about the commander-in-chief’s time on “Saturday Night Live”: Trump “struggled to read.”
Recalling the experience to Brooklyn Magazine, the actor said, “He was … everything you see. What you see is what you get with him, really. I mean, there was no big reveal. He struggled to read at the table read, which did not give many of us great confidence. Didn’t get the jokes, really. He’s just a man who seems to be powered by bluster.”
Killam’s comments about Trump’s difficulties grasping the written language back up remarks previously made by Pete Davidson.
Shortly after Trump’s “SNL” episode in 2015, Davidson told Opie Radio that the president “doesn’t really know how to read.”
According to Killam, the experience was “not fun.” The actor said, “Most of the cast and writers were not excited to have him there. I didn’t get the feeling that he was excited to be there, and it felt like a move for ratings from both sides.”
From reading a page to reading a room, the president’s troubles continue.
Killam, who now plays King George in “Hamilton,” joined the Broadway production after the show where Mike Pence attended and was booed by the audience, but he said the cast “handled it well” by addressing Pence and letting him know that the show was for all Americans.
Interviewer Evan Romano noted that not even Pence seemed as mad as the president did about the incident.
The actor responded, “Yeah, well, the president is a moron.”
Before Trump was elected, Killam told HuffPost that if he ran the president’s campaign, he would “convince him of that beautiful property in Scotland that he has, and the new golf course.”
“If he’s president, he’s never going to see that. Think of the golf course,” said Killam.
Perhaps the president should “think of the golf course.” At least there’s no reading there. Oh, wait. You have to “read the greens.” Dang. Never mind.
By Bill Bradley. 04/07/2017 11:21 am ET.