Saturday Night Live did not hold back about President Donald Trump‘s coronavirus diagnosis.
Colin Jost and Michael Che tackled the subject during Weekend Update on the show’s season premiere Saturday night (October 3).
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Even before the Weekend Update segment, during the opening monologue by Chris Rock, he addressed the diagnosis.
“Before we get started, the elephant in the room. President Trump is in the hospital from COVID, I just want to say my heart goes out to COVID,” he said.
During Weekend Update, Colin and Michael started their segment with Trump‘s diagnosis.
“Well say what you will about 2020 but it’s got moves. This news was a lot for us to process a day before we came back on the air after four months off and it all happened so fast. I woke up yesterday and heard the president had mild symptoms. And then four hours later, he was getting medevaced to a hospital in what looked like the last chopper out of Vietnam,” said Colin.
“I gotta say it’s a bad sign for America that when Trump said he tested positive for a virus, 60 percent of people were like, ‘prove it.’ And it’s been very weird to see all these people, who clearly hate Trump, come out and say ‘we wish him well.’ I think a lot of them are just guilty that their first wish came true,” he continued.
“While in the hospital, the president isn’t allowed to see any guests but he is expected to be visited by three ghosts, probably one from his past, one from his — okay this is weird! Because a lot of people on both sides are saying this is nothing funny about Trump being hospitalized with coronavirus even though he mocked the safety precautions for the coronavirus and those people are obviously wrong. There’s a lot funny about this, maybe not from a moral standpoint but mathematically, if you were constructing a joke this is all the ingredients you need. The problem is it’s almost too funny,” Michael added.
Trump‘s debate with Joe Biden was also mocked in the cold open.
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