SNL opens season opener with a Joe Biden campaign sketch

The first episode of the new season of “Saturday Night Live” featured a somewhat sober opening sketch lampooning Hillary Clinton’s campaign for the presidency and the campaign’s early difficulties in some ways mirroring the…

SNL opens season opener with a Joe Biden campaign sketch

The first episode of the new season of “Saturday Night Live” featured a somewhat sober opening sketch lampooning Hillary Clinton’s campaign for the presidency and the campaign’s early difficulties in some ways mirroring the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee’s early efforts on the campaign trail, only this time with Joe Biden in the lead role.

The sketch, which featured Cecily Strong playing Clinton, as well as Kate McKinnon as Bernie Sanders, was in production before Clinton officially entered the race on Tuesday. Strong brought up a number of the troubles plaguing Clinton’s run for the White House while McKinnon talked about how Bernie’s supporters had asked her if they should all vote for Biden instead.

“It is pretty clear to me that a vote for Trump is a vote for Trump. I do not want to have a beer with such a detestable scumbag. A vote for any Republican is a vote for Trump,” McKinnon as Sanders said.

“Well, we all know that she’s done, aren’t we? I mean, she’s late everywhere, and her face shows how it happened,” Strong as Clinton said of herself while she looked directly into the camera.

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The “SNL” cold open then sent Biden out to campaign and had him running into Bernie Sanders’ “ghost.”

“C’mon, that’s presidential,” Kenan Thompson’s Sanders said as he shook Biden’s hand and gave him a thumbs up.

Biden said “taken him seriously” several times and thanked him for “getting the nomination out of nowhere, the way it did.”

Thompson’s Sanders went into a more serious tone, saying that though he is often underestimated, “I’ve always been accepted as the leading contender for the party’s nomination.”

From that point, the two discussed working together and the process of picking a VP nominee and the nomination itself.

The sketch was credited to Strong’s writing team.

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