‘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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Phyllis Softa
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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.

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

Cherl
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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.

Jason Alsbrook
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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.

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