Politics is very much on the Saturday Night Live playing field this weekend. By tradition, the show’s review of the week is anchored by its band of anchors — Cecily Strong, Colin Jost, and Michael Che — who have taken the stage at Studio 8H to review the week’s events and the headlines of the day.
In a recent set of shots that kicks off their opening act, SNL’s co-anchors zero in on Senator Joe Biden of Delaware’s decision to join the 2020 presidential race.
“Biden’s gotta be more fearless than this,” Che says, adding that the 69-year-old Democrat is “frantically flailing in the dark,” grasping at the bone structure of Bernie Sanders to distract the press from his own lack of faith in himself. “Now the media is just chasing you down the Mississippi River.”
Che also riffed on the CNN debate over whether that GOP senator from Texas referred to Pres. Obama’s birth certificate as a “clown show.”
“If we know anything about Rep. Beto O’Rourke we know that there is a huge man underneath that little boy,” Jost said, before adding, “That’s right, Obama faked his birth certificate.”
“First we know O’Rourke is gay,” Che said. “Now the White House says the same thing about Obama’s birth certificate.”
All of which leaves Che with the clear message that SNL is “sure” that the new number one newsmaker will be Pres. Trump himself. That “expected” presidency, Che said, “means we gotta get him on the show.”
“SNL”‘s Weekend Update was also behind a new Washington Post poll that gives a slight edge to Rep. Beto O’Rourke over Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas. O’Rourke now leads Cruz 51 percent to 48 percent — up from an earlier 51 percent to 48 percent.
While the survey had an accurate sample size of 3,000 registered voters, it still has an error margin of plus or minus 2.3 percentage points.
Meanwhile, the Rittenhouse trial gained steam this week with Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s attempts to keep relatives of her opponent from testifying before the jury. (Murkowski: “Their involvement is curious on so many levels.”) The trial was also an opening opportunity for Strong to riff on her new District 13 Rep seat in Nevada, whose new representative has some glaring gaps in her resume.
“Murkowski is possibly the first politician to be taken to task for voting against saving the whales when she was a child,” Strong said.
Among other fun moments from the show: