"Saturday Night Live" mocks Republicans who stick by Trump no matter what

"Saturday Night Live" poked fun at Senate Republicans for sticking by President Donald Trump no matter what

By Matthew Rozsa

Staff Writer

Published May 12, 2019 10:00AM (EDT)

Pete Davidson with Colin Jost on "Saturday Night Live." (NBC/SNL)
Pete Davidson with Colin Jost on "Saturday Night Live." (NBC/SNL)

A new sketch on "Saturday Night Live" poked fun at Senate Republicans who seem to support President Donald Trump regardless of what he does... or, for that matter, might do hypothetically.

The sketch began with "Meet the Press" anchor Chuck Todd (played by Kyle Mooney) asking three Republican senators — Susan Collins of Maine (Cecily Strong), Lindsey Graham of South Carolina (Kate McKinnon) and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky (Beck Bennett) — about Trump's trade war with China and the fact that "it's estimated that this will cost the country $1.4 trillion in market value."

Bennett's McConnell responds to Mooney/Todd's question by saying, "Well, Chuck, there's a simple answer to that... There was no collusion." Even after Mooney's Todd points out that this answer did not address the question which was asked, Bennett's McConnell doesn't alter or clarify his answer.

McKinnon's Graham then chimes in by saying, "Chuck, listen, when you have a president who is a financial genius and a business Jesus like Donald Trump, you've just got to trust him. This man has lost 100 times more money than I've ever made." After Mooney's Todd points out that Graham called Trump a "jackass" during the 2016 campaign, McKinnon's Graham responds that "I am a man of convictions and principles... Unless you can help me and then it's new Lindsey, who dis?"

Meanwhile Strong's Collins is depicted as a pushover when she tells Mooney's Todd that "I'll be the first to admit that some of the things this administration is doing makes me want to shake my head vigorously and wag my finger once. Perhaps twice."

As the sketch proceeds, Mooney's Todd runs through a variety of hypothetical scenarios to determine whether the Republican senators would abandon the president, and on each occasion they ultimately stick by his side. The scenarios include if special counsel Robert Mueller testified before Congress that Trump obstructed justice or colluded with the Russians, if the president admitted that he's not as religious as he claims, if the president turned out to be Jewish or Muslim or if he divorced First Lady Melania Trump in order to marry porn star Stormy Daniels, comedian Kathy Griffin or Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York. Mooney's Todd even mentions something that Trump actually did do — namely, give out Graham's private cell phone number during the 2016 election and ultimately forcing Graham to get rid of his phone — just to see if McKinnon's Graham actually remembered it. When Mooney's Todd asks McKinnon's Graham what he'd say if Trump slapped him in the face, McKinnon's Graham meekly responds, "Harder, Daddy." And when Mooney's Todd asks Strong's Collins if she'd oppose Trump should he argue that life begins not at conception but at erection, she admits that she'd vote for the president's bill.

On a more touching note, Pete Davidson appeared on Weekend Update not to discuss politics, but to pay tribute to his mother and "roommate" Amy Davidson, who lives in a house that Davidson bought.

"But she really is the best and I put her through a lot so I’d like to bring her out so please welcome the greatest roommate in the world Amy Davidson," Pete Davidson said during the segment. When Colin Jost later asked Pete Davidson what he had gotten his mom for Mother's Day, the comedian quipped, "What do you mean, I put her on TV! This is it!"

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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