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SNL mocks Glenn Youngkin’s Virginia Governor win with him struggling to explain critical race theory


Saturday Night Live skewered Virginia Governor-elect Glenn Youngkin during the show’s cold open. 

Alex Moffat played Youngkin as he appeared as a guest on a mockup of Justice with Judge Jeanine Pirro .  

‘My win in Virginia proves that people are deeply concerned about education,’ Moffat’s Youngkin said as he was welcomed onto the show.

‘And who are most of your voters?’ asked Pirro, played by Cecily Strong said.

‘People who didn’t go to college,’ Youngkin said. 

Saturday Night Live’s cold open took aim at Virginia Governor-elect Glenn Youngkin’s win earlier this week and saw former president Donald Trump appearing to take credit 

‘Now, critical race theory is something you talked about a lot. What is critical race theory?’ Pirro probed, highlighting an issue which some have said credited as helping Youngkin claim victory.

‘It’s simple. It’s what got me elected,’ Youngkin confirmed.

‘Right. But what is it?’ Pirro asked again.

‘It’s not important, you know? What’s important is parents. Everyone knows they should run schools.’ 

SNL’s Youngkin allowed one of his supporters to speak about ‘dangerous material that should be banned.’ 

The show introduced James Austin Johnson as former president Donald Trump who takes over the mantle from Alec Baldwin who appeared as Trump last season

The show introduced James Austin Johnson as former president Donald Trump who takes over the mantle from Alec Baldwin who appeared as Trump last season

Heidi Gardner played the character who proceeded to list books she felt should be banned in school including Toni Morrison’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Beloved which one parent in Virginia campaigned against on the grounds the story’s grueling depiction of racial violence gave her son who was a high school senior, nightmares.

‘I put down my copy of 50 Shades and said, “No. A woman named Toni? Not my America,”‘ the woman jokes. 

She then proceeded to list several other books she felt should be removed from schools including Louis Sachar’s Holes on the grounds it ‘sounds sexual’ and Jane Austen’s ‘Pride and Prejudice’ because ‘prejudice is fine, but pride is a term that has been co-opted by the gays by some sort of Lady Gaga-themed nudity parade.’  

During a mock chat show, Judge Jeanine Pirro, right, was seen interviewing Youngkin, center, who credited his win as being voters, left, who were concerned about education

During a mock chat show, Judge Jeanine Pirro, right, was seen interviewing Youngkin, center, who credited his win as being voters, left, who were concerned about education

Youngkin then returned once more with the show bringing the character of former President Donald Trump, this season played by James Austin Johnson rather than last season’s Alec Baldwin. 

In the sketch Trump took credit for Youngkin’s Virginia win despite the candidate somewhat distancing himself from the former president during his campaign. 

It segued perfectly into Johnson’s Trump who proceeded to embark on a hilarious stream-of-consciousness rant with bullet points to guide viewers along.

‘It’s great to be here, Judge Judy, and it’s great to win again,’ Johnson’s Trump said before running through a list of advice that he claimed to have dished out through the years, ‘some of which was not taken and it didn’t work out so great for some of those people.’ 

‘Star Wars’ was his first target which he said should have been performed with swords. ‘The lasers are not enough,’ Trump joked. ‘And look at what they’re doing with Dune. I see a lot of possibility with Dune — two, three, four, 15 movies. And frankly, I see a lot of possibility with Virginia.’

Succession actor Kieran Culkin hosted Saturday night's show with Ed Sheeran as the musical guest

Succession actor Kieran Culkin hosted Saturday night’s show with Ed Sheeran as the musical guest

‘How do you keep that all in your brain?’ Pirro asked following a minute-long rant by the former president.

‘Well, I had my ears sealed so nothing comes in or out, nothing,’ Trump joked.

Pirro noted how Trump never campaigned in person with Youngkin.

‘Well, no. I never did, I never did. I was never there. But I told lots of people they should vote for Glenn. And you know what? Most people don’t like him but he’s – he’s a wonderful guy. He’s tall, he’s rich. Like my sons, Glenn. You’re like my son, okay?’ 

As the sketch continued, Youngkin appeared more uncomfortable at being associated with Trump even asking to be taken off the split screen he was sharing with him.

The cold open also took aim at NFL player Aaron Rodgers whose controversial comments and anti-vaccination stance drew attention this week.

The cold open also took aim at NFL player Aaron Rodgers, portrayed by Pete Davidson, right,  whose controversial comments and anti-vaccination stance drew attention this week

The cold open also took aim at NFL player Aaron Rodgers, portrayed by Pete Davidson, right,  whose controversial comments and anti-vaccination stance drew attention this week

Aaron Rodgers said the 'woke mob' was after him when it came to his decision not to get vaccinated against COVID-19

Aaron Rodgers said the ‘woke mob’ was after him when it came to his decision not to get vaccinated against COVID-19

Pete Davidson played Rodgers as he appeared on Pirro’s show telling how the ‘woke mob’ was after him. 

‘It’s my body and my COVID. I can give it to whoever I want,’ Rodgers said.  

He explained that he never lied about his vaccination status but that he gathered his teammates into a huddle: ‘got their faces three inches from my wet mouth and told them, “Trust me, I’m more or less immunized. Go team.”‘

‘People can talk all they want but at the end of the day, my record is still seven and one. Meaning, of the eight people I’ve infected, seven are fine,’ Rodgers joked.

Succession actor Kieran Culkin hosted Saturday night’s show with Ed Sheeran as the musical guest.

Culkin noted that although it was his first time hosting the program he had appeared on the show once before in 1991 when his older brother Macaulay Culkin hosted. 

Culkin noted that although it was his first time hosting the program he had appeared on the show once before in 1991 when his older brother Macaulay Culkin hosted. Kieran is seen right

Culkin noted that although it was his first time hosting the program he had appeared on the show once before in 1991 when his older brother Macaulay Culkin hosted. Kieran is seen right



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