Netizens were left enraptured after Saturday Night Live aired a skit mocking a recent Democratic debate in New Hampshire. The latest episode of the show was hosted by actor RuPaul with Justin Bieber as the musical guest. It covered many topics from Donald Trump’s impeachment acquittal to white male rage in Oscar-nominated films, but its main segment was devoted to recent Democratic debates.
During the sketch Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, portrayed by the creator of Seinfeld Larry David, suggested a new app: "It’s called no apps – no apps, no computers, no gadgets, no gizmos. You show up to your polling place, you take a number like you do with your butcher", he said referring to a delay in the Iowa Caucus count caused by app problems.
The show’s writer, Colin Jost portrayed former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg who referred to himself as the "white Obama", a reference to comparisons between the two politicians, while Rachel Dratch who portrayed Amy Klobuchar compared herself and Elizabeth Warren, played by Kate McKinnon, to Jennifer Lopez and Shakira before making zaghrouta, a vocal expression that made Super Bowl audiences and social media buzz for several days.
The show also featured other Democratic presidential candidates Andrew Yang, played by Bowen Yang, Fred Armisen as billionaire Mike Bloomberg and Jason Sudeikis as former Vice President Joe Biden.
Netizens praised the sketch and noted the striking resemblance between Larry David and Bernie Sanders with some users unable to decide who they want to see in the oval office.
I've never seen Larry David and Bernie Sanders in the same room together at once. Just sayin'.— Mama Gaia (@GaiaNYC) February 9, 2020
Larry David for President!— Kathy Parish (@kathyparish) February 9, 2020
Other users said that Kate McKinnon’s portrayal of Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren will help the latter win the 2020 election.
If only Elizabeth Warren were more like Kate McKinnon playing Elizabeth Warren.. #SNL— Cody Miller (@CodyT_Miller) February 9, 2020
Many netizens argued about what the best moment in the show was. The most popular choices were Jason Sudeikis’s Joe Biden and Colin Jost’s Pete Buttigieg.
Best moment from the #SNL debate skit tonight:— Laura J. Nelson 🦅 (@laura_nelson) February 9, 2020
“Mr. Biden, you have 60 seconds."
"What?? The doctor said I had six to eight months!”
"This is my favorite part of the debate when I ask about the black vote...and I'd like to start with you, Mayor Pete..."— Melanie Johnson (@MelJohnson6527) February 9, 2020
Haha, so perfect, Colin!!! #SNL
Still others praised SNL for mocking the Democratic debates, saying that the DNC is in trouble.
Major kudos to SNL for completely mocking the most recent Democratic debate and even acknowledging that Trump won the debate. You know the DNC is in huge trouble when SNL is mocking them so badly.#TRUMP2020LandsideReElectionVictory— Matthew D. Wilson (@MatthewDWilson5) February 9, 2020
Seven Democrats running for president met for a debate on 7 February in New Hampshire, four days before the primary in the northeastern state. During the event candidates attacked Pete Buttigieg and Bernie Sanders, who are leading with 13 and 12 votes following the Iowa Caucus. Sanders was criticised by his fellow party members for his left-wing ideas and his opposition to gun control measures in the past, while Buttigieg was attacked for his ties with big donors and questioned whether a mayor of a small city can handle the job of running the whole country.
Former Vice President Joe Biden, who the media touted as President Donald Trump's main rival in the 2020 election is only fourth with 8 votes, while Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren is third.