His full statement also found room to reckon with the past: "Coming from the world of comedy, I've told and written a lot of jokes that I once thought were funny but later came to realize were just plain offensive. But the intentions behind my actions aren't the point at all. It's the impact these jokes had on others that matters. And I'm sorry it's taken me so long to come to terms with that."
In the end, SNL used one of its own to pull back to a macro view of the situation. While President Trump criticized Franken's actions, he himself is subject to accusations; 12 women who have accused the president of sexual misconduct, harassment, and assault between the 1980s and 2000s. And as of the sketch, Trump had yet to comment on the subject of Alabama Senate contender Roy Moore, accused by eight women of misconduct during years when they were underage. SNL didn't stop at the political sphere either; before getting to Kate McKinnon's hilarious impression of Jeff Sessions, the show had to take on accusations made against Entourage actor Jeremy Piven. One thing seems clear: don't expect this to be the last time SNL takes on this topic.