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February 07, 2016 at 01:30 PM EST

Bernie Sanders put his acting past to good use on Saturday Night Live. Instead of appearing in as himself during the Larry David-hosted episode, as so many expected, the Vermont senator and Democratic presidential hopeful played a character named Bernie Sanderswitzky in a sketch about a ship running around in the early 1900s.

Sanders didn’t appear until the end of the sketch, which was dominated by David’s insensitive passenger, who objected to women and children being sent off the boat first. After he gets blocked from getting on a lifeboat, David’s character tells the crew he’s a member of the 1 percent. That’s when Sanders arrived.

“I am so sick of the 1 percent getting this preferential treatment,” Sanders said. “Enough is enough. We need to unite and work together if we’re all going to get through this.”

After David’s character said it sounded like socialism, Sanders snuck in a talking point: “Democratic socialism,” he added, before stating there was a “huge difference” between the two terms. (“Huge with a ‘y,’ eh?” David’s character said, mocking Sanders’ New York accent.)

Sanders’ appearance on Saturday Night Live is somewhat reminiscent of Hillary Clinton’s cameo last year. Like Clinton, Sanders did not play himself on the show, a twist from how SNL frequently handles its political guests.

Watch the full sketch below.

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