After two weeks of airfreight, Saturday Night Live wasted no time in getting back into politics. The cold start of the show focused on many of the claims made about the caravan of Central American Americans – what Michael E. Miller called in the post "a sea of tired men, women, and children," carried on by nothing but blisters became and bandaged feet "- is slowly trudging to the border of the United States. Many in the caravan say that they want to apply for asylum.
With the upcoming elections, President Trump drew the caravan's enemies of the United States. He called the caravan "an invasion" and claimed to have "unknown Middle Eastern" criminals and "very tough fighters". He said he could send up to 15,000 US soldiers to the Mexican border.
Fox News has added to this smoldering pot of discomfort its own powerful rhetoric about the caravan.
SNL's cold openings usually revolve around the week's news and often provide almost play-by-play reconstructions of the things Trump said or did. Without a guest actor, she opted for another route this week and put Fox News in the crosshairs.
The show envisioned an episode of the conservative commentator Laura Ingrahams show "The Ingraham Angle". Kate McKinnon takes on the role of Ingraham and discusses the caravan with various guests, including Fox host Jeanine Pirro (Cecily Strong) and former Wisconsin Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. (Kenan Thompson).
Throughout the sketch, the three absurd "facts" about the caravan provide a satire that almost felt like reality. For example, the Ingraham of SNL describes the caravan as "vicious". It consists of dozens, perhaps millions, of illegal immigrants. , , directly for you and your grandchildren, "she adds. "And that's not scare. That's exactly the truth. "
As the talking heads talk about the caravan, they keep taking live shots of what they claim to be – but actually, it's just news from a shop overrun by humans, crabs, to the Sea Go, and a clip from the Brad Pitt zombie movie "World War Z."
The Pirro of SNL appears first and says the caravan is made up of "everyone you've ever seen in your nightmares, Laura. There are Guatemalans, Mexicans, ISIS, the Menendez brothers, the 1990s Detroit Pistons, Thanos and several babadooks. "
She then supports Trump's (actual) claim that the caravan encompasses the Middle East, though she uses a different term for her: "This caravan has hella Aladdins. They took the very frequent direct flight from Iran to Guatemala. They claimed their elephants as "minions" and then rode them directly to Mexico. It makes almost too much sense. "
Clarke of the show, speaking on tips from "the birds from" Dumbo, warns Ingraham that "all women in the caravan are more than nine months pregnant and keep the babies to the point where they hit the limit Cross Rand, and then they'll literally drop anchor. "
"And the babies get that, they're pregnant," he adds.
The sketch also casts some broader jokes about Ingraham and her network.
"The liberal media are trying to call President Trump racists, but apart from his words and deeds throughout his life, what is he racist?" Says the Ingraham of SNL at one point.
"When I hear" white nationalists "I just think of a fun barbecue on the fourth of July, the way you do not have to call the police, she tells another.
Finally, she offers "Fox News Tips for Black and Hispanic Voters." These tips include "Never vote on Tuesday" and "You've already voted, you may not remember, but you did."
It also refers to Ingraham's sponsorship issues after mocking a Parkland shooting survivor. In the concept of SNL, only advertisers are warm ice cream, a product called "My Hemorrhoid Donut," medical shoes, and a (fictional) new book by her colleague Brian Kilmeade of "Fox and Friends," entitled "Andrew Jackson and" the battle for Hillary's emails. "
Oh, and White Castle – "A castle for whites? Yes, please."