‘Santa’ Fields Questions About Franken, Roy Moore, Trump in SNL Cold Open

This week’s “Saturday Night Live” cold opened featured Kenan Thompson as a mall Santa Claus fielding questions from children sitting in his lap.

The first child asked what Al Franken did. Thompson’s character deflected the question to his elf, Kate McKinnon, who said Franken got on Santa’s naughty list.

The child asked which list Roy Moore was on, which McKinnon replied, “It’s not really a list. It’s more of a registry.”

The next child to sit on Santa’s lap asked if President Trump was also on the naughty list.

Thompson’s Santa responded, “Well, you know, Santa tries to stay out of political matters. Our president may have said or done a few naughty things.”

McKinnon’s elf interrupted, “19 accusers, Google it.”

Thompson continued, “I’m sure we can all learn a lesson from what’s going on in the news.”

“We sure can,” the girl responded. “I learned that if you admit you did something wrong, you get in trouble. But if you deny it, they let you keep your job.”

After one girl asked Santa to just make everything be OK, McKinnon cut into a monologue about how “eventually good people will fix our country.”

“I know that things seem particularly insane right now, like truly, mindbendingly [sic] insane, and we seem to have lost all perspective on what’s naughty or nice,” said McKinnon. “But as bad as things might seem, I promise you, Jenny, it will be OK. OK? Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, maybe not for another three years, 42 days and 24 minutes, Jenny, but most people in America are good people, and eventually good people will fix our country.”

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