"Saturday Night Live" has repeatedly attempted to make the wild 2016 presidential election seem less awful, with such sketches as Tina Fey's glorious return as Sarah Palin and Larry David's spot-on portrayal of Bernie Sanders. And after a week that included Super Tuesday and even the return of Mitt Romney to the political stage, the show had plenty of material to work with last night in its cold opening.
As seen in the video above, the seven-minute sketch perfectly spoofs a segment of CNN's Election Center in which host Jake Tapper (played by Beck Bennett) runs through the latest election insanity -- from Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton's big Super Tuesday wins to that gross white thing that Ted Cruz licked off his lips at the last GOP debate. Unsurprisingly, the skit skewers Trump for his controversial comments about his, uh, biology and Chris Christie's widely meme'd hostage-like appearance during a recent Trump election night speech... as if both weren't already ridiculous enough.
And because the real-life campaign craziness didn't stop there, "SNL" alum Jason Sudeikis closes the segment as Mitt Romney, fresh off his public feud against Trump. Basically, it's the entire last week of the increasingly bizarre election wrapped up into one sketch, and it might just make you feel better. Maybe for a second.
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The show continued to slam Trump in the wake of his apparent reluctance to immediately disavow the KKK and allegations of racism in his campaign with an appropriately brutal sketch called "Racists for Trump." In the fake campaign commercial, so-called "real people" explain their support for Trump... before the camera pulls away to reveal they're book burners, racists, and Neo-Nazis. Yep, they went there.
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Tony Merevick is Cities News Editor at Thrillist and would have laughed more if it all wasn't so real. Send news tips to firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @tonymerevick.