The cast of NBC’s Saturday Night Live took its cue from Donald Trump’s taped interview with Bill O’Reilly and injected Trump’s business interests into the show’s holiday tradition of “Weekend Update” ridiculing the week’s events and headlines.
The late-night show, which was renamed “SNL” Weekend Update this season, kicked off with Michael Che focusing on the University of Missouri attempting to suspend a senior lecturer accused of sexual misconduct, with Seth Meyers and Cecily Strong rounding out the trio.
Che and Strong discussed the Missouri professor’s allegations against “academic freedom,” including her thesis assertion that soldiers who kill civilians don’t deserve to be called martyrs. “As if you guys have 1,000 words for each of them,” Strong replied to the professor’s claim.
Che, who also took aim at the NRA and the Supreme Court’s Brett Kavanaugh, addressed the University of Missouri’s unusual justification for the professor’s suspension: namely, the length of her course. “She taught 80 hours — the longest course on the entire campus. And that’s it,” Che said. “Well, if these people have to teach 80 hours in order to lose their jobs, we may as well go ahead and get rid of tenure, too.”
From there, Che turned his attention to the leaked audio of Joe Biden’s abortion comment during the vice presidential debate, telling Chris Redd that, in his opinion, it was Biden, not Trump, who “claimed women weren’t promiscuous in the 70s.” (Che also took aim at Biden’s notorious semen test-related coughing fit.)
The “Weekend Update” trio also took the time to discuss the upcoming trial of political strategist Steve Bannon, after The New York Times reported on the charges.
As for the latest Quinnipiac poll results, “Weekend Update” slammed them as “the only poll that actually cares about your feelings,” and played a clip of constituents who think the country is on the wrong track.
The sketch also targeted New Jersey’s left-leaning Democrats who are attempting to recall GOP U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance and The Centers for Disease Control for, as Gwen Ifill would say, “messing with the medical health of President Trump.”
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