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SNL Santa Cold Open

By Michael Lewittes |

SNL Santa Cold Open

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The cold open of “SNL” began by Santa fielding political questions from kids. They also also questions mocking the sexual harassment scandal affecting politicians, including Alan Franken and Roy Moore. One boy wondered why Donald Trump hasn’t gotten in trouble. Another child asked about the controversy surround NFL players kneeling. Watch the “Saturday Night Live” video below.

While Alec Baldwin was not on to spoof Donald Trump, the opening was in keeping with the late-night sketch comedy show’s emphasis on political skits kicking off the show. The program has always tackled politics and politicians, but the last two seasons have been particularly focused on it because of Trump. Last season was devoted to spoofing the election, including the three debates that led up to it, as well as the Trump’s first press conference and various missteps since becoming president.

This season has also taken Trump to task. It began with the premiere making fun of his attack on NFL players who kneel during the National Anthem, as well as his stance on North Korea and handling the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. There have also been a number of shows that have begun with different aspects related to the probe into Russia’s involvement in the election.

Last week, for example, “SNL” opened with Trump and the “ghost” of Michael Flynn, who recently pled guilty to lying to the F.B.I. about his contact with the Russians. In the Oval Office, a shackled Flynn had people from Trump’s past, present, and future visit him in a parody of A Christmas Carol. Billy Bush came from the past, while Vladimir Putin was his present, and Hillary Clinton was from the future. She chanted at Trump, “Lock him up!”

Right before that, “Saturday Night Live” did a bit about Donald Trump Jr.’s secretly meeting with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who released emails related to Hillary Clinton and her campaign in the months leading up to the election. And another episode kicked off with Trump and Vice President Mike Pence taking a shower with Paul Manafort, the former aide to the president who was indicted on money laundering charges and tax fraud, as part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe.

Check out the “SNL” video below of Santa answering political questions from kids.


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