"Saturday Night Live" mocks liberals afraid that the "blue wave" won't happen

The most recent episode of "Saturday Night Live" covers the midterm election fears held by liberals

By Matthew Rozsa

Staff Writer

Published November 4, 2018 4:00PM (EST)

Michael Che on "Saturday Night Live: Weekend Update" (NBC/Mary Ellen Matthews)
Michael Che on "Saturday Night Live: Weekend Update" (NBC/Mary Ellen Matthews)

A pair of skits from "Saturday Night Live" managed to perfectly skewer Fox News as it attempts to cover the Central American migrant caravan heading toward the United States, as well as liberals who are fearful that the "Blue Wave" so many are hoping will occur in the 2018 midterm elections won't come to pass.

Perhaps the most memorable skit of the night was "Midterm Ad," in which various "Saturday Night Live" cast members played Democratic voters who are hopeful that the party will retake the House of Representatives on Tuesday but, beneath their optimistic veneer, are secretly terrified of failure. Even as the ordinary voters talk about feeling "confident" and "sure" of the fact that they're going to win, their voices tremble, one man (Beck Bennett) accidentally crushes his coffee cup and has giant pit stains on his shirt, a doctor (Jonah Hill) has to give himself oxygen, a florist (Kate McKinnon) destroys the flowers she attempts to organize and chugs hard liquor from an empty vase and a mother (Aidy Bryant) smacks her son (Pete Davidson) for jokingly giving out the wrong day as Election Day. Leslie Jones has one of the sharpest lines as she says, "White women promise to do the right thing this time. They're not going to let us down, right?" The cat she is holding rolls its eyes.


The opening skit of the night mocked Fox News' Laura Ingraham (McKinnon) by portraying her as shamelessly fearmongering regarding the approaching caravan. As the skit begins, McKinnon's Ingraham solemnly warns her viewers that "tonight we're live from the Arizona border where a vicious caravan of dozens, maybe millions of illegal immigrants is headed straight for you and your grandchildren." She also objects to the characterizations of President Donald Trump as a racist, arguing that "except for his words and actions throughout his life, how is he racist?" McKinnon's Ingraham also protests that the term "white nationalist" has taken on a pejorative connotation, claiming that "when I hear 'white nationalist,' I just think of a fun Fourth of July barbecue, the kind you don't have to call the cops on."

The skit also has Kenan Thompson playing right-wing political figure Sheriff David Clarke and Cecily Strong as TV personality Jeanine Pirro. Strong's Pirro warns that the caravan contains "everyone you've ever seen in your nightmares, Laura. It's got Guatemalans, Mexicans, ISIS, the Menendez brothers, the 1990 Detroit Pistons, Thanos and several Babadooks." Thompson's Clarke, meanwhile, told McKinnon's Ingraham that "the situation is urgent, Laura. The caravan is only 800 miles from our border. If these immigrants walk at a normal pace of 300 miles a day, they could be here in time to vote on Election Day!"

Thompson's Clarke also claimed that the women in the caravan are more than nine months' pregnant but plan on holding the babies in until they cross the US-Mexico border.

Meanwhile, Michael Che's "Weekend Update" included an interview with Davidson about the upcoming midterm elections. During the skit Davidson poked fun at the physical appearance of a number of candidates including Florida's Republican Senate nominee Rick Scott ("he looks like someone tried to whittle Bruce Willis out of a penis"), New York Republican congressional candidate Pete King ("he looks like if a cigar came to life"), Texas Republican congressional candidate Dan Crenshaw ("looks like a hitman in a porno movie") and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, about whom he constructed an oddly specific scenario in which Cuomo looked like a man who would sleep with your mother, wear boxer shorts in front of you and refer to you using a homophobic insult.

By Matthew Rozsa

Matthew Rozsa is a staff writer at Salon. He received a Master's Degree in History from Rutgers-Newark in 2012 and was awarded a science journalism fellowship from the Metcalf Institute in 2022.

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