‘SNL’ opening has a new face as Donald Trump, talks about elections and Covid-19

The NBC variety show opened Saturday’s episode with Green Bay Packers’ Aaron Rodgers, played by Pete Davidson, in a Fox News parody interview about not getting vaccinated against Covid-19.

“Our first guest is an American brave enough to stand up and say, ‘Wrong, science, I know Joe Rogan!'” Cecily Strong’s Jeanine Pirro said, introducing Rodgers.

Strong’s Pirro continues, “You haven’t been vaccinated. Who cares? It’s your body, your choice. And please don’t ever use that quote for anything else.”

“Exactly, Jeanine, it’s my body and my Covid. I could give it to whoever I want, but suddenly the awake crowd is coming after me,” Davidson’s Rodgers said.

Then Pirro of Strong points out that he said he was not vaccinated because he would become infertile.

“In the end, my record is still 7-1. Of the eight people I’ve infected, seven are okay,” replied Davidson’s Rodgers.

The interview then turns to Strong’s Pirro who asked Glenn Youngkin, the elected governor of Virginia, played by Alex Moffat, about his election race earlier this week.

“My victory in Virginia proves that people are very concerned about education,” said Moffat’s Youngkin.

When asked who gave him the most votes, he said, “People who didn’t go to college.”

Pirro of Strong then asks Youngkin of Moffat if he knows what critical theory is, to which he replies, “Simple. That’s why I was chosen,” adding that it’s not important.

Moffat’s Youngkin then welcomed the leader of his parental task force—Helen Stevens, played by Heidi Gardner—to give her opinion on books that should be banned from schools.

“When my son brought home a copy of Toni Morrison’s ‘Beloved’, I put down my copy of ‘Fifty Shades’ and said, ‘No, a woman? Named Toni? Not in my ‘Merica.’

Gardner’s Stevens said she and a group of other parents got together and made a list of books that shouldn’t be taught in schools. “Holes” sounded too sexual; the “pride” in “Pride & Prejudice” is co-opted by “the gays”; and “The Great Gatsby” has “too much jazz.”

“‘Moby Dick.’ Now that’s a toss up. Title is dirty; love the whale is white,” said Gardner’s Stevens.

Moffat’s Youngkin expressed his gratitude to the parents who chose him without the help of former GOP President Donald Trump.

Moments later, the screen splits and Moffat’s Youngkin is shown next to James Austin Johnson’s Donald Trump.

“I just wanted to congratulate Glenn Youngkin and especially myself on a great victory in Virginia. Glad we did it together,” Johnson said.

Glenn Youngkin, played by Alex Moffat, (left) and James Austin Johnson's Donald Trump (right) on Saturday Night Live on November 6, 2021.

Moffat’s Youngkin distances himself from the former president’s impressionist, saying, “Oh, you can take me off the split screen.”

“No, no, no. We did this together, Glenn…I really want you to stay,” Trump said of Johnson. “It’s great to be able to win again honestly.”

Then Johnson’s impression of Trump explodes in a rant about “Star Wars,” “Dune,” lasers and swords, and “Game of Thrones.”

“Wow, you’re impressive, how do you keep all that in your head?” asked Pirro of Strong.

“Well, I had my ears closed so that nothing comes in or out,” Trump replied to Johnson.

Then Johnson’s Trump throws another incoherent rant about Chris Pratt, Super Mario, “Eternals” and Santa Claus.

The show then started with the traditional sign “Live from New York…It’s Saturday night!”


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