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Entertainment Weekly

Last Night on Late Night

Jimmy Fallon, Seth Meyers play Washington and Jefferson on SNL, dismiss Trump

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A week after Bill Hader played Anthony Scaramucci on SNL’s Weekend Update: Summer Edition, two more alums made a surprise appearance — this time as Founding Fathers.

Late-night hosts Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers played, respectively, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson on Thursday. The two presidents rose from the dead to defend themselves against President Donald Trump’s comparison of them to Robert E. Lee; the removal of the Confederate general’s statue in Charlottesville, Virginia, sparked a protest by white nationalists over the weekend, which eventually erupted into violence and left one counter-protestor dead.

Fallon’s Washington debuted first, proclaiming, “I’m nothing like this guy.” But, Weekend Update host Michael Che was quick to point out that both men had been slave owners. “You gonna do me like that on national TV?” said Fallon as the first president. “That was bad. That was wrong. But if you want to talk about owning slaves, you should really be talking to Thomas Jefferson.”

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This wasn’t well-received by Jefferson, as Meyers immediately interrupted. “You’re going to make me the slave guy, really?” he told his fellow former president. “Look, we’ve all done bad things. But the difference between us and Robert E. Lee is that we also did good things.”

As Jefferson made mention of the Declaration of Independence, Fallon added, “Not to be a jerk, but I won my war.”

Watch a clip above.