“My job is to make jokes about the news, but Trump saying something racist isn’t exactly news anymore,” Michael Che said on the segment.
Host Sam Rockwell was not the only one who got to curse on SNL tonight.
“The book Fire and Fury, a salacious expose of the Trump White House, was released last week, and this week the sequel wrote itself,” Colin Jost joked to open the Weekend Update segment of the show. “During an Oval Office meeting, Trump attacked protections for immigrants from African countries that he called ‘s-holes,'” Jost explained. “That’s what NBC asked us to say, by the way, ‘s-hole’ even though the president can say ‘shithole.’ Oops.”
He continued, “I feel bad for parents with young children — every word you tell them not to say, they can say [back], ‘But the president gets to say it!'” He also pointed out that Trump made the comment right before Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. “It’s like pounding a case of beer before rehab. Now I’m just worried about what he’s going to say the day before Passover.”
Jost’s fellow host Michael Che added in his thoughts, too. “Can I be honest? When someone asks me, ‘Did you hear what Donald Trump called Haiti and Africa?’ I was like, ‘Oh boy, did it start with an ‘n?’ But then I heard what he said, and I was like, ‘That’s it?’ I’ve said that about countries for not having a CVS. Here’s the thing. My job is to make jokes about the news, but Trump saying something racist isn’t exactly news anymore.”
During a meeting with lawmakers earlier this week about a proposed bipartisan deal on immigration, the president reportedly questioned why the United States would want to admit more people from “shithole countries.” The deal would have changed rules affecting immigrants from Africa, El Salvador and Haiti.