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SNL Cold Open is arraignment and Fox News hours after vote – Deadline

If you’ve seen Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s post-impeachment speech today, tonight’s Saturday Night Live open cold may seem more shorthand than comical.

“Everyone knows you can’t remove a former president,” proclaimed Beck Bennett as the crafty senator from Kentucky and former Majority Leader to Alex Moffat’s Tucker Carlson of Fox News Channel fame. “That’s why we should have removed him before, when I said we couldn’t.”

Only a little more brutal than the too little and too late remarks of the real McConnell in the Upper House after the Senate failed to impeach Donald Trump for the second time today, Bennett’s version called the first Celebrity apprentice host “guilty as hell”. Adding that Trump was “the worst person I’ve ever met,” this McConnell went on to let off steam, “and I hope every city, county and state gets their ass off. Oh my god, it felt good. I’ve been keeping this in my neck for four years.

Donald Trump’s acquittal came as no surprise, but impeachment trial showed why this shouldn’t be the end of the story

Since the articles of impeachment were passed through the Senate in the House of Representatives deadlock earlier this month, there was no doubt that no matter how good the case presented by officials of the impeachment, they wouldn’t get the 67 votes needed to convict the former POTUS – and they didn’t, a preordained fact that was stamped paid for in full when Senator McConnell announced to his caucus on Saturday that he would vote to acquit Trump, which is an open secret in DC that he despises.

In that sordid vein, literally hitting the air just hours after the Senate vote went 57-43, with seven Republicans joining Democrats in condemning Trump for instigating the deadly Jan.6 assault on Capitol Hill by morons and militiamen from MAGA, the all-political SNL opener was a super villainous boon from the worst and weakest in the GOP.

Celebrating “a big day for 30% of America” ​​was Senator Lindsey Graham, played by SNL MVP Kate McKinnon and good friend Sycophantic Sen, Ted Cruz, played by Aidy Bryant. The terrible members of Trump’s defense team from ex-Montgomery County PA DA Bruce Castor (the man who wouldn’t prosecute Bill Cosby for sex crimes over 15 years ago) and the very strange Michael Van Der Veen were also given a late nightlife scene by Mikey Day and Pete Davidson.

Watch the full cold open above.

Beyond Beltway Policy, SNL is hosted this evening by Guardians star, Emmy and Oscar winner and One night in Miami director Regina King, with musical guest Nathaniel Rateliff.

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