"As a full-blown nut job, I freakin' love him": "SNL" skewers Donald Trump defender Scottie Nell Hughes

The Trump-defending pundit is a real person--and is almost as intense as Cecily Strong's portrayal

Published April 3, 2016 12:23PM (EDT)

"Saturday Night Live" returned last night from two weeks' hiatus, cold-opening with an oddly specialized parody of CNN's "At This Hour."

SNL cast members Kate McKinnon and Cecily Strong played host Kate Bolduan and Trump-supporting pundit Scottie Nell Hughes, respectively.

The real Scottie Nell Hughes was a good sport about it all (on Twitter, at least):

"As a woman, I like Donald Trump," Strong-as-Hughes began. "But as a full-blown nut job, I freakin' love him."

Asked how she can continue to justify defending Trump's sexist antics (e.g. his retweeting an "unflattering" picture of opponent Ted Cruz's wife Heidi), Strong-as-Hughes argued, "Donald's hands are just so big, he can't see every little tweet his fingers retweet."

"Let's not forget, Heidi Cruz ... has been arrested," she continued. "Donald told me she is so fat, she was arrested for having ten pounds of crack."

Strong-as-Hughes cited Ivanka, Trump's daughter, as evidence of his love of women. McKinnon-as-Bolduan threw to "a clip of Donald talking about his daughter from a rally this morning."

In the "clip," Trump (played by former-cast member and current announcer Darrell Hammond) calls Ivanka "the best."

"She's so smart, so talented, and what a rack," he continued. "She just had a baby. Can you imagine that rack now? Just tremendous."

Watch the full sketch below:

By Brendan Gauthier

Brendan Gauthier is a freelance writer.

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