Larry David returns as Bernie Sanders, addresses SNL monologue controversy
After the Democratic Party’s Election Day comeback this week, Saturday Night Live brought back some of its most beloved fake Dems.
“Were back!” proclaimed SNL’s parody ad for the Democratic National Committee, which featured Kate McKinnon as Nancy Pelosi and Hillary Clinton, Leslie Jones as Donna Brazile, and Larry David as Bernie Sanders, among others.
David used the opportunity to address controversy over his own SNL hosting turn last weekend, during which his opening monologue included a series of jokes about concentration camps. As Sanders in this week’s DNC sketch, David said the party had to crack down on political incorrectness, like that of “these comics out there who think it’s okay to make jokes about concentration camps. That guy should rot in hell.”
The mock politicians also vowed to devote their energies to other important Democratic initiatives like “smuggling immigrants across the border and converting Confederate monuments into statues of prominent lesbian poets.” Among the pleas for support was McKinnon asking for “another chance for me, Hillary Rodham Clinton. Just one more chance. And maybe one more chance after that.” Cut to Jones as Brazile: “I thought she was dead.”
As the sketch went on, the forced show of unity continued to crack. Amid the assurances that the party was on to great things, McKinnon’s Pelosi said, “and just wait until Bernie transfers his base of passionate millennial voters over to a new leader!” But David wasn’t having it: “No!” he said firmly. “If you liked it, you should have put a ring on it. Pass.”
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