“Saturday Night Live” continued making political waves during the off-season with its second installment of “Weekend Update Summer Edition” on Thursday. Among the most notable moments was when former presidents George Washington (Jimmy Fallon) and Thomas Jefferson (Seth Meyers) bashed current Pres. Donald Trump for his handling of the Charlottesville, VA attack. Watch the “SNL” video above and then sound off down in the comments section.
Weekend Update co-host Michael Che began the sketch by stating, “At a recent press conference and multiple times on Twitter, President Trump has drawn comparisons between confederate general Robert E. Lee and President George Washington. So here to defend himself is President George Washington.” Fallon then came out as Washington and did special impressions of his “dollar bill face” and “quarter face,” before telling the audience that he’s “nothing like” Lee.
Later on, Meyers’ President Thomas Jefferson arrived after being called out by Fallon’s Washington. “You’re just gonna throw me under the carriage like that?” he asked Washington. “You’re gonna make me the slave guy, really? Come on, what do you want? You’re on the one and the quarter. I’m on the nickle and the two dollar bill. Joke money, joke money.” Admitting that he did own slaves, Jefferson explained, “It was the 70s, man. It was the 1770s.”
Also appearing on “Weekend Update Summer Edition” this week was Kenan Thompson as Neil Degrasse Tyson and Tina Fey as herself, who ate a sheekcake in response to the Charlottesville attack. The variety show continues airing Thursday nights on NBC throughout the summer, hosted by Colin Jost and Che. The late-night sketch comedy earned a whopping 22 Emmy nominations this year, tying with “Westworld” for the most of any show.
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