‘Saturday Night Live’ Challenges the Backbones of Senate Republicans in Hilarious Skit

“Saturday Night Live’s” tendency to go all-in on politics in the Trump era can get a bit exhausting at times but, occasionally, the show still manages to strike gold when lampooning Washington — and last weekend’s “Cold Open” was undoubtedly one of those still-worth-the-laughs skits.

The clip featured three Republican senators who have regularly grabbed headlines under Trump — Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) portrayed by Kate Mckinnon, Susan Collins (R-Maine) portrayed by Cecily Strong, and Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) portrayed by Beck Bennett — talking politics on a mock-up of “Meet the Press.”

Graham’s character joked that the South Carolina senator has changed his tune on tariffs because “when you have a financial genius and a business Jesus, like Donald Trump, you just gotta trust him,” adding moments later, “I am a man of convictions and principles unless you can help me and then it’s ‘new Lindsey, who this?'”

In the main segment, the senators were asked what Trump would have to do to lose their support and things got ridiculous.

When asked if Trump admitting that he’s not as religious as he claims would change anything, the McConnell character guffawed and shot back, “Well if you don’t already know that, that’s kind of on you, Chuck.”

When asked what they would do if Trump left his wife for Stormy Daniels, the Graham character joked, “All right, well that would actually make more sense.”

Finally, the lawmakers introduced their own hypothetical, with McConnell saying, “Let’s say hypothetically he got gay married.” Graham added, “To the leader of ISIS” while Collins joked, “And they had matching diapers fashioned out of the original constitution.”

But after a moment, McConnell laughed, “Who are we kidding, we’ll always be ride or die b**ches!”

Watch the segment below:

It’s been a while since the president has blasted “Saturday Night Live” on his Twitter feed and last weekend’s episode didn’t get an acknowledgment from him either. In September of 2018, he tweeted, “I don’t watch Saturday Night Live (even though I past hosted it) — no longer funny, no talent or charm. It is just a political ad for the Dems.”

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  1. Even if SNL hurt your feelings poking fun of Senators McConnell, Collins and Graham, you have to admit that Kate McKinnon nailed Graham in appearance, facial expressions and speech. Cecily Strong was almost as perfect Susan Collins. One more week and SNL goes on hiatus till the fall. You can put your snowsuits away.

    1. Hurt feelings? That’s rich. SNL tries so hard but is no match for the originals. Appears you spend a lot of time learning the names of these wannabes. Snowflakes, dear, was a word coined for the sad, less resilient of the 2010 era who cried when Hillary LOST in 2016

      1. It’s your right to express your opinion, just as it’s my right to express mine. I’m curious as to what you are basing your opinion that SNL is no match for the originals. The originals were targeted to an audience that enjoyed slapstick comedy. The writers pay homage to those days with a slapstick skit in almost every show. MOST of today’s audiences want more substance. For those who do miss those days, there is always the funniest video show. I’m please SNL matured with the audience

      2. Your etymology of “snowflake” is a bit confusing. A word was coined in 2010 for those who cried when Hillary LOST in 2016. That was interesting. But we do live in interesting times.

        1. Well, old girl, does this clear up YOUR etymology? “The term “snowflake generation” was one of Collins Dictionary’s 2016 words of the year. Collins defines the term as “the young adults of the 2010s, viewed as being less resilient and more prone to taking offence than previous generations”. Difficult to make this stuff up. Don’t try so hard. You look foolish.

  2. I remember when SNL was funny; as Eddie Murphy playing ‘Buckwheat’ would’ve said, “Been a long time tince dem days.”

    1. LOL…FOX and Friends a week ago Sunday thought SNL was hilarious. They almost rolled off the sofa laughing at Adam Sandler’s song in the Weekend Update segment. But, I get it. SNL can not be funny if you don’t watch it.

      1. Who are the 2 down votes that missed Pete Hegseth & Jedidiah Bila’s May 5th F& F segment of Adam Sandler’s song on Weekend Update? They played it in the 7 am hour and re-aired in the 8 am segment. Pete was quick to point out that it is okay to laugh at SNL if they ALSO poke fun at D’s. It was hard to forget since Pete had a whole different take on Michelle Wolff’s performance that poked both D’s & R’s.

  3. It appears that humor like beauty is in the eye of the beholder. The old SNL was funny and worth staying up to watch. Now? Trying too hard and missing the mark.

  4. As much as I hate Saturday Night Live, I have to admit they’ve got something there. The fact that it’s an open joke SHOULD force Republicans to rethink their cowardly behavior…but sadly, it won’t.

    1. I would take your 8 down votes as an indication that the IJR Red readers do not want Republican lawmakers cowardly behavior to change. I do agree that it won’t change–at least until Trump tweeter account is closed down.

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