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- “Saturday Night Live” featured actors playing top Democrats that were gleeful about the Congressional spending bill passed two days earlier that allocated only a fraction of the funds desired by President Donald Trump for a barrier along the southern border.
- Cast members Alex Moffatt and Kate McKinnon appeared as Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi who could barely resist gloating over funding negotiations.
- The sketch came one day after Trump announced a national emergency to circumvent lawmakers and secure additional funds for barriers along the southern border, which sparked concerns over legal challenges.
“Saturday Night Live” featured Congress’ top two Democrats who were visibly gleeful about the congressional spending bill passed two days earlier that allowed only a fraction of the funds desired by President Donald Trump for a barrier along the southern border.
Cast members Alex Moffatt and Kate McKinnon appeared as top Democrats Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on the show’s “Weekend Update” segment about the funding negotiations.
The sketch came days after Congress passed a bill to avoid another partial government shutdown that also stoked disapproval from Trump, who declared a national emergency the next day to circumvent lawmakers and secure funding for the construction of physical barriers along the US-Mexico border.
At first, both waved off the crowd’s applause and Moffatt told Weekend Update host Colin Jost “the president is a very tough negotiator” before McKinnon as Pelosi feigned cracking up into laughter.
When Jost pointed out that Trump secured “two whole percent” of his desired funds for the wall, both feigned awe.
“That sounds like a lot to me,” McKinnon replied.