Because there’s just too much comedic value to ignore, Saturday Night Live took on the PBS NewsHour Politico debate featuring the 2020 Democratic presidential field, saving the best for last when Kate McKinnon appeared as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
The skit came the night Eddie Murphy returned to host the program for the first time in 35 years and, much like in real life, included an appearance by President Trump to keep things interesting.
Strangely, even though Sen. Kamala Harris dropped out of the race, SNL made sure to include her character, played by Maya Rudolph, prominently in the debate skit.
Larry David returned to play Sen. Bernie Sanders, and McKinnon does double duty, also appearing as Sen. Elizabeth Warren.
Playing Joe Biden, actor Jason Sudeikis served up a hilarious take on the former vice president.
“Have you noticed how I’m playing with almost a full deck of cards tonight, huh?” he asked. “I haven’t told a long, rambling story yet, but I’ve got one locked and loaded. Here it comes: The year was 19 whoops-a-daisy, and my pale white ass is strutting down the mean streets of Wilmington when I come across a group of fellas singing some doo-wop tunes surrounding one of those flaming trash cans. Now, look, I know I need to be racially sensitive here, but it’s important that you know his name was ‘Ol’ Black Charlie.”
Reprising his tired role of President Trump, Alec Baldwin appearing on the debate stage wearing hoop earrings for some odd reason.
“You think I’m afraid? You think I’m nervous? What are you going to do, impeach me?” Baldwin’s character said as he walked out. “Hey, losers, impeach me outside, OK?”
(A weak play on the long-ago ‘cash me outside’ line)
When asked by David’s Sanders why he’s there, the faux president exclaimed, “So you people would actually watch this little freak show,” before tossing around nicknames for the Democratic field.
“There are no rules now that I’m impeached,” he added. “You had it easy with ‘Donald Trump: Delirious.’ But now you’re going to get ‘Donald Trump: Raw,’ baby.”
In another funny line, Sudeikis’s Biden interjected: “Listen up, bucko, I challenge you to a push-up contest. I’m talking me, you, shirts off, nips out. The first guy that does one wins!”
When Baldwin’s Trump responses that he is not afraid of anything, McKinnon appears as Pelosi — the brilliant actress adds a little too much glamour in portraying a 79-year-old woman.
“I brought you two gifts, Mr. President,” she said, holding up two gift bags on her arm. “They’re the articles of impeachment.”
“Give it to Mitch and the Senate and everything is gravy, baby,” the fake Trump said.
Mitch being a reference to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, of course.
“You know sometimes you get a gift and you like it so much you just want to keep it as a gift to yourself?” McKinnon’s Pelosi replied.
“Good luck at the State of the Union,” she added, after sufficiently annoying her prey.
In a desperate attempt to dominate the news cycle, after Speaker Pelosi and her party of co-conspirators impeached Trump strictly along party lines, with the only show of bipartisanship being in opposing the measure, the speaker extended the president an invitation to deliver the State of the Union address — a formal requirement each year.
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