"We do not say racist and sexist things; we imply them subtly over decades": SNL eviscerates GOP candidates in amazing cold open

"Everyone loves me: racists, ugly racists, people who didn't know they were racist," says Darrell Hammond as Trump


Brendan Gauthier
March 6, 2016 6:05PM (UTC)

To accommodate everything that went on in the 2016 campaign just this past week, "Saturday Night Live" had to break format and jam four cold opens into the top of the show last night. Beck Bennett as Jake Tapper hosted the week-in-review montage, which began with Darrell Hammond's Donald Trump — complete with a woefully introspective Chris Christie, played by Bobby Moynihan, staring in the background.

"I really am running the best campaign, aren't I? The media's saying they haven't seen anything like this, not since Germany in the 1930s," Hammond-as-Trump said. "I mean, everyone loves me: racists, ugly racists, people who didn't know they were racist."

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Up next, Kate McKinnon played Hillary Clinton giving a post-Super Tuesday victory speech.

"Thank you for trusting that I, Hillary Clinton, can bring this country together," McKinnon began. "Just like I brought these ten black people and one Muslim person together behind me tonight for this speech."

Then Bennett-as-Tapper interviewed Ted Cruz, played by Taran Killam -- but not before trigger warning the audience that it was about to see Cruz's "whole face."

Asked about Thursday's GOP debate, Killam-as-Cruz said, "The debate was so much fun. I talked policy, I laid out my plan for America, and right at the end I ate a tiny, little white booger off my lip."

And finally, Mitt Romney, played by alum Jason Sudeikis, joined Tapper to discuss his "unprecedented" Utah speech Thursday maligning Donald Trump.

"For the last nine months, I've sat down and watched Donald Trump say something every day that was either racist or sexist," Sudeikis-as-Romney said when asked why he decided to speak out against Trump. "And we in the GOP ... we do not say racist and sexist things; we imply them subtly over decades and decades of policy."

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Watch the quadruple-cold-open below:


Brendan Gauthier

Brendan Gauthier is a freelance writer.

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