“Bye, America. It’s been weird!”
By Tom Bioggioni
Raw Story (3/13/16)
Saturday Night Live opened with a hodgepodge of political news delivered by CNN’s Jake Tapper — played by cast member Beck Bennett — and a surprise appearance by Larry David — once again reprising his dead-on version of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders to thunderous applause.
“I want to thank everyone for voting for me, and apologize to everyone else for making your Facebook page so so annoying. I mean, I love my supporters, but they’re too much, right? I’m not that great,” Sanders told the audience before adding, “With all due respect to my voters: get a life!”
Explaining his appeal, Sanders stated, “My message is resonating with with a very diverse group of white people,” before adding “of all ages: 18-year-olds and 19-year-olds. Eh — that’s it. The young people love me, Tapper. Because I’m like them: I got a lot of big plans and absolutely no idea how to achieve them.”
Playing Donald Trump, Darrell Hammond introduced former candidate Ben Carson (Jay Pharoah) — who recently endorsed the businessman — explaining, “My guest today is so tremendous. Dr. Ben Carson is a very special man — and for once I don’t mean that as an insult for the mentally challenged.”
SNL also did a quick turnaround on black protesters being assaulted at Trump rallies with Carson nursing a black eye using a Trump steak as Trump admonished his fans, “Guys! What did I say? Not this one! This is one of the good ones!”