‘SNL’ takes on ‘surging’ Republicans before the midterm elections


“Saturday Night Live” kicked off this week’s episode with Heidi Gardner anchoring a PBS NewsHour focusing on three notable Republicans ahead of the midterm elections in less than two weeks.

First up was Herschel Walker, played by Kenan Thompson.

“My name is Herschel Walker Texas Ranger,” Thompson, as Walker said, kicking off the cold open of the NBC variety show. “And I’m running for president of United Airlines.”

Next up: Dr. Mehmet Oz, played by Mikey Day.

“My Pennsylvania Phillies are in the World Series and I just had a delicious Philadelphia cheese and steak. Yum!” Today’s Oz declared.

Finally: Kari Lake, played by Cecily Strong.

“Nice to be with you,” she said. “On your sweet little show full of lies.”

Gardner as a PBS NewsHour host noted that all three have done well in the polls recently, despite having no political experience.

“And that’s where I don’t know,” Thompson’s Walker said when asked why his support was growing. “The whole world is a mystery, isn’t it? For example, a thermos keeps the hot things hot, but also the cold things cold. My question is… how does it decide?”

This was followed up with the question of why so many Georgians, the state where Walker is running for Senate, still support him despite his many controversies.

“Gas,” he said.

The next question went to Day’s Dr. Oz, the PBS NewsHour host said, has caught up with his opponent in the Pennsylvania Senate race, John Fetterman.

“I was a long shot,” Day’s Dr. said. Oz. “But I told myself, you can win this election if you’re honest, you’re fair, and if your opponent has a debilitating medical emergency.”

Fetterman suffered a stroke earlier this year.

Strong’s Lake responded to her rise in the polls by saying she was a “fighter” and had sent back “over two thousand salads” in her lifetime.

“And I’m not afraid to do the same with democracy,” she said.

Walker then asked to take the next question and started talking about Pokémon.

Gardner’s PBS host mentioned that Lake has proposed major changes to Arizona voting laws.

“If the people of Arizona elect me, I will make sure they never have to vote again,” Strong’s Lake said.

The segment then ended with Thompson’s Walker saying “yippee ki-yay and go Halloween” before the show’s signature catch phrase, “Live … from New York! It’s Saturday night!”


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