May 26, 2024

‘Saturday Night Live’ Takes on Donald Trump’s Sneaker Line and Introduces ‘Air Bidens’ in New Sketch

“Saturday Night Live” and host of the week Shane Gillis took on former President Donald Trump’s new gold sneaker line with a faux movie trailer sketch dubbed “White Men Can Trump,” an obvious riff off the 1992 comedy “White Men Can’t Jump,” on the latest episode of the show, which aired on Feb. 24.

The trailer depicts Gillis’ character failing at everything until he’s gifted a pair of magical kicks that turn his life around. The gold high-tops featuring a T stamped on the side and an American Flag on the collar essentially turn him into a version of Donald Trump.

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A shot from the “SNL” sketch about Trump sneakers.SNL

Talking to a friend, Gillis’ character says, “They gave me the power to say I’m good at basketball, then double down on that until people actually start to believe it.”

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At the end of the sketch, Mikey Day is seen wearing a pair of “Air Bidens,” a take on the Air Jordans inspired by President Joe Biden.

A shot from the "SNL" sketch showing the fake "Air Bidens."
A shot from the “SNL” sketch showing the fake “Air Bidens.”SNL

Trump, the 2024 Republican presidential candidate, surprised everyone with the debut of his new sneakers at Sneaker Con in Philadelphia on Feb. 17. The $399 “Never Surrender” kicks were listed as sold out on a website called Gettrumpsneakers.com that same night. The site states that only 1,000 pairs would ever be released. However, another style offered in two colorways, the “T-Red Wave” in red and “Potus 45” in white, are still available for $199.

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - FEBRUARY 17: Republican presidential candidate and former President Donald Trump takes the stage to introduce a new line of signature shoes at Sneaker Con at the Philadelphia Convention Center on February 17, 2024 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Sneaker Con was founded in 2009 and is one of the oldest events celebrating sneakers, streetwear and urban culture. Trump addressed the event one day after a judge ordered the former president to pay $354 million in his New York civil fraud trial. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Former President Donald Trump takes to the stage at Sneaker Con in Philadelphia to introduce a new line of signature sneakers.Getty Images

“I’ve wanted to do this for a long time,” Trump told the crowd at Sneaker Con, as reported by NBC News. “I have some incredible people that work with me on things and they came up with this … and I think it’s gonna be a big success.”

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