‘SNL Weekend Update:’ Trump, Trump, More Trump, Kama Sutra And, Finally, 30 Rock Sexual Predator Matt Lauer
In a week teeming with scandals both political and sexual, SNL’s Weekend Update brought particularly timely and sharp lines from hosts Colin Jost and Michael Che. SNL was hammered critically for not quickly addressing Harvey Weinstein when press reports alleged he has assaulted dozens of women, and for a moment it seemed like the show was giving pass to omit scandalized NBC Today Show host Matt Lauer, who was just fired for cause for egregious sexual harassment of co-workers in the same building at 30 Rock. They finally addressed Lauer, but didn’t go as hard at him as Seth Meyers did days earlier.
As usual, the most lacerating lines were reserved for Trump. Opened Jost: “The good news for President Trump is that his tax plan just passed the Senate; the bad news is he might not be president long enough to sign it (in the backdrop, a photo of Michael Flynn with the headline he’s cooperating with Mueller).” Noting that Flynn admitted to lying to the FBI on its investigation of Trump ties to Russia, Jost added, “Or as Fox News described it, did Hillary Clinton secretly join ISIS?” He added “Isn’t it refreshing to see a powerful man plead guilty to something that isn’t sexual harassment? Wait, he only lied to the FBI? He didn’t also whip it out during a meeting? Solid guy!”
Che talked about how Tweeting Trump does half the job for the update comedians, and finished his tweets. Back to Jost: noting James Comey issues a tweet “But let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever flowing stream” leads me to believe he has seen that pee tape.” He added the new tax reform plan would add $1 trillion in international debt: “I knew Trump said he was going to run the country like a business; I didn’t know he was going to run it like one of his businesses.” Jost added that the plan should have a trickle down effect: “Huge tax cuts for people making over $1 million a year, trickling down from rich parents to their kids, and from their kids to their Molly dealers at Coachella.