'SNL' Defends IRS, Mocks Tea Party

'SNL' Defends IRS, Mocks Tea Party

On Saturday’s Weekend Update segment of Saturday Night Live, Seth Meyers and former anchor Amy Poehler touched on the IRS scandal but spared the government agency any scathing critiques.

Instead, the duo used softball critiques of the IRS, such as “you’re less popular than exercise,” and then launched into a defense of the IRS, attacking the Tea Party:

POEHLER: Really, Tea Party? Really? You’re surprised that you’re targeted by the IRS? You named yourself after a group of people who proudly and historically violated tax laws! Look, if I had a vanity license plate that said “Weed 420,” I might expect to get pulled over now and then.

MEYERS: And really, politics aside, should we be surprised that the IRS takes special attention to the tax forms of the Tea Party? Judging from the terrible spelling on their protest signs, attention to detail isn’t really their thing….

Poehler’s NBC sitcom, Parks and Recreation, has a history of mocking conservatives, including Tea Party types in a recent episode that aired last month.