Even SNL doesn’t care about the vice presidential debate.
Tonight’s episode started with Indiana Governor Mike Pence going toe to toe with Virginia Senator Tim Kaine before cutting away to Donald Trump, who’s been in the news for approximately 38,485 different reasons this week. SNL had its pick of the litter — manipulating tax laws! The Central Park 5! The terminally ill comments! — but ended up going with Trump’s comments about women. Specifically, telling Access Hollywood host Billy Bush that “when you’re a star they let you do it. You can do anything… Grab them by the p*ssy. You can do anything.” It was horrifying, and it made for the perfect cold open.
The sketch satirized Trump’s forced apology, where he filmed himself saying, “I never said I was a perfect person nor pretended to be someone I’m not. I’ve said and done things that I regret, and the words released today on this more-than-a-decade-old video are one of them. Anyone who knows me knows these words don’t reflect who I am. I said it, I was wrong, and I apologize.” But once he thought the cameras stopped rolling, Trump wasn’t nearly as apologetic, at least according to the SNL version, which involves a show first: the first time a cast member or guest (Alec Baldwin) has said “grab them by the p*ssy.” History!