The cold open also dinged Ben Carson and Donald Trump
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Saturday Night Live - Season 42

Larry David hosted Saturday Night Live last month, but he just can’t stay away from Studio 8H. During Saturday’s episode of the late-night comedy series, David returned to impersonate Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and mock the Vermont senator’s supporters in the process.

“I want to thank everyone who voted for me,” David’s Sanders said about his win at the Michigan primary, “and apologize to everyone else for making your Facebook feeds so, so annoying.”

Seizing on the notion that Sanders devotees have become increasingly vocal during the election cycle, he added, “I mean, I love my supporters, but they’re too much, right? I’m great, but I’m not five posts a day great. With all due respect to my supporters, get a life.”

Asked by CNN’s Jake Tapper (played by Beck Bennett) how he intended to make up the gap of superdelegates between himself and frontrunner Hillary Clinton, David’s Sanders was not concerned.

“I have the voters. My message is resonating with a very diverse group of white people,” he joked. “I’ve got supporters of all ages: 18-year-olds, 19-year-olds. The young people love me, because I’m like them: I have a lot of big plans, and absolutely no idea how to achieve them.”

Bennett’s Tapper also mentioned how Sanders hasn’t received support from the black community. David’s Sanders had a possible reason: “Probably because I look like someone who at some point told them, ‘Get out of my store.'”

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The sketch, the cold open of Saturday’s Ariana Grande episode, was a catch-all for political matters. It began with Ben Carson (Jay Pharoah) endorsing Donald Trump (Darrell Hammond) for president.

“Dr. Ben Carson is a very special man, and for once I don’t mean that as an insult to the mentally challenged,” Hammond’s Trump said in introducing Carson. Later, after the Sanders segment aired, SNL returned to the Trump rally to show that Carson had been assaulted by Trump supporters who mistakenly took him for a protester.

“Guys, what did I say?” Hammond’s Trump asked. “Not this one!”

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Saturday Night Live - Season 42
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