It didn’t take long for Lin-Manuel Miranda to reference his hit musical Hamilton as Saturday Night Live host: The Tony-winner turned Hamilton song “My Shot” into an SNL anthem, complete with a lyrical jab at former SNL host and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
As the host of the new season’s second episode this weekend, Miranda’s opening monologue soon segued into a rap about his long dream as a native New Yorker to be on the late-night show stage. “It takes seven years to write a show,” he said before performing the new version of “My Shot,” “so I don’t know when I’m gonna be back here.”
While the lyrics were mostly about his plans for the episode, Miranda called Trump a “piece of sh–” when listing off past SNL hosts. “Tonight I’m finally earning my spot on this wall in this hall, and I’m gettin’ a piece of it like Miley, Schumer, Tracey Morgan, and this piece of…” he rapped, stopping on a photo of Trump.
After a brief pause, Miranda referenced another Hamilton moment, rapping, “Never gonna be president now” at the Trump picture.
Trump factored heavily in Miranda’s monologue, as the host previously compared Hamilton to the current presidential election. “If you get to New York, please see Hamilton,” he said. “It’s such a nice escape from all the craziness in our world right now. It’s about two famous New York politicians locked in a dirty, ugly, mud-slinging political campaign. Escapism!”
Watch the sketch below.