He groused that Al Franken had quit the Senate due to claims of sexual harassment, 'and yet uncle Bad Touch is up four points in Alabama'. "OK, wow, let's see", he said. Santa bumbled through an awkward answer, telling the boy Franken is on the "naughty list" this year.
Co-host Michael Che called out the Democrats" attempt to "paint itself the "party of the moral high ground'" by forcing Franken to step down from the Senate amid the sexual misconduct allegations, compared to the GOP's embrace of senatorial candidate Roy Moore despite his alleged past sexual misconduct. "Which list is he on?"
The young boy then asked about Republican National Party candidate from Alabama Roy Moore who is also now facing allegations of sexual harassment.
That's when Amy, who made a decision to nix the nickname "Sugar Plum" in light of the "current climate", told him, "It's not so much a list".
Jessica wants to follow-up on Tyler's question. Then came Trump. As McKinnon reminds Santa during the sketch, the president is more than qualified to be on the naughty list - "Nineteen accusers".
Again, he tried to sidestep the question: "Santa tries to stay out of political matters". "I know that things seem particularly insane right now", she said.
Struggling to keep things light and festive, Santa told the little girl he thought everyone could learn a lot from the news.
'I know, the girl said.
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The barb was a nod to those who have pointed out the seeming inequity of consequences for those accused of sexual misconduct.
The best line of the skit came after Santa said to one little boy: "Maybe you'd like a toy for Christmas!"
McKinnon's elf immediately tries to comfort the girl.
When that joke drew disapproving oohs and moans, Che added, "I said, worst thing". "And we seem to have lost all perspective on what's naughty or nice".
"I know", Jenny interjects.
If these kids are anything, it's tuned in... as in tuned to CNN, MSNBC and even Fox News.
"But, as bad as things might seem, I promise you, Jenny, it will be OK".