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Kenan Thompson: ‘It seems like there’s a new day approaching’ as nation deals with ‘Trump fatigue’

Tracey Salazar

Kenan Thompson says the whole country, not just the comedy world, could be suffering from an onset of “Trump fatigue.”

“I think anything overly repetitive gets a little tiring,” the “Saturday Night Live” cast member told ITK.

“But it seems like there’s just Trump fatigue in general,” Thompson, 41, added.

{mosads}”So we’ll see how that plays out,” he said. “It seems like there’s a new day approaching.”

“SNL’s” Alec Baldwin scored an Emmy Award in 2017 for his portrayal of President Trump. Although Baldwin — a fierce, real-life Trump critic — returned as the commander in chief to NBC’s late-night show for its 45th season this fall, he had said earlier this year that he had tired of impersonating the president.

“I feel like I’m done with that now. I’m so done with that,” Baldwin told USA Today in June.

Trump, who guest-hosted the show in 2015, said in February that there was “nothing funny” about “SNL,” calling it a “total Republican hit job.”

When ITK caught up with Thompson at Sunday’s Mark Twain Prize for American Humor ceremony at the Kennedy Center, the veteran comedian revealed which 2020 Democratic presidential candidates he’d love to have continue the tradition of political “SNL” cameos.

“I mean, I think it would be funny to see Kamala [Harris] do it with Maya [Rudolph] on the show,” Thompson said of the California senator. “That would be a lot of fun.”

Rudolph garnered laughs when she played Harris in an “SNL” sketch last month.

Thompson also called a 2016 appearance by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), opposite “Curb Your Enthusiasm’s” Larry David playing the then-presidential candidate, “awesome.”

“We’re supposed to be giving equal time to anybody,” said Thompson, the show’s longest-running cast member, “so I guess the door’s open to whoever.”

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