Saturday Night Live poked fun at the midterm elections and some conservative news media’s push to “dump” Trump in the aftermath, during the show’s cold opening.
The scene opened on the set of Fox & Friends with cast members Heidi Gardner as Ainsley Earhardt, Mikey Day as Steve Doocy and Bowen Yang who played Brian Kilmeade.
SNL’s Fox News question matched that of the real news media: “What happened to that red wave?” Day thought.
Just like in the real world, Fox News and other media and publications have dumped Rupert Murdoch Trump. SNL’s Fox appeared to be doing the same while holding up some Trump-critical papers.
Cecily Strong then returned as Arizona’s far-right Republican governor candidate Kari Lake, appearing in front of the camera in soft focus — similar to her real-life on-screen appearances.
SNL opened on the set of Fox & Friends with cast members Heidi Gardner as Ainsley Earhardt, Mikey Day as Steve Doocy accompanied by Bowen Yang who played Brian Kilmeade
Just as in the real world Fox News and other media and publications owned by Rupert Murdoch have dumped Trump, SNL’s Fox appeared to be doing the same while holding up critical papers.
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“My campaign isn’t dead yet, even though my camera filter makes it look like I’m in heaven,” she said.
The anchors told her how the race is a toss-up with Democrat Katie Hobbs currently leading.
“That’s because Maricopa County officials are incompetent and I believe the election has been manipulated and the results should be thrown out,” Strong’s Lake said.
Yang’s Kilmeade interrupted him when he noticed Lake had suddenly taken the lead.
“That’s why I’ve always said this is a democracy, trust the system, trust the voters,” Strong’s Lake turned around.
Cecily Strong then returned as Arizona’s far-right Republican governor candidate Kari Lake, appearing in soft focus for the camera
The skit then went back and forth about whether she was about to make allegations of voter fraud.
“Wait, actually Hobbs leads,” he objected.
“Because our system is broken and always has been,” Lake interrupted.
“Wait, Lake is in charge again…”
‘…But luckily it is now resolved. Look, I’m 100% sure I’m going to win this election. And I won’t stop fighting until every vote is counted and some are taken,” Lake continued.
James Austin Johnson then returned as Donald Trump who, while in office, regularly called the Fox News morning show to express his frustrations.
The sketch saw Johnson’s Trump grapple with the Republican’s disappointing performance in midterm exams.
The sketch saw James Austin Johnson’s Donald Trump grapple with the Republican’s disappointing performance in midterm exams
‘Mr. president. I don’t know how to tell you this. But we went further. We can’t have you on the show anymore,” Fox & Friends co-host Gardner’s Ainsley Earhardt told Trump.
‘What? What have I done?’ asked Johnson’s Trump. “Was it the uprising?”
“I made Ron DeSantis. He would lose until I sent FBI agents to arrange his election,” he added.
SNL’s Fox News essentially stated that the GOP was ready to move on because it is a loser.
‘That’s because you lost. Mr. President. We just don’t see a future with you. But we can still be friends,” Day’s Doocy told him bluntly.
SNL’s Fox News essentially stated that the GOP was ready to move forward with Trump because he is a loser
Trump tried to stay in the air as Fox’s graphics slowly pushed him away from the screen.
“Hey, don’t push me off!” said Trump. “I have a big announcement and it’s not what you think. I’m running for president again!’
“That was difficult, but we are finally free. Change is on the horizon and I have a pretty good idea we won’t hear from him again,” Doocy said, before receiving a call from Trump on his cellphone.
The cold open then tried to come full circle with Strong’s Kari Lake sitting on the Fox & Friends couch after losing her race as governor of Arizona, but a job on Fox News began as one of the network’s new anchors.
‘Do you think I’ll leave if I lose? Not on your life,” Lake said.