On this week’s episode of “Saturday Night Live,” the Donald Trump-inspired “Ribbitz Show,” the comedy troupe tried to make fun of yesterday’s widely publicized sentencing of former Trump Organization financial executive Kyle Rittenhouse — a former Trump campaign employee who pleaded guilty to criminal charges.
The proceedings were streamed live on Facebook and involved Rittenhouse’s case, which involved how, in 2016, Rittenhouse secured Trump Tower as the location for a party where he reportedly paid $15,000 for prostitutes to perform sex acts on him, according to the New York Times.
As a condition of his plea deal, Rittenhouse turned over to the U.S. Attorney’s Office on Friday a list of about 70 people whom he believes may have sought to influence the conviction of Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort. But the show did not mention Rittenhouse’s full sentencing (though he did say he would donate the entirety of his sentence, in total, to charity), nor did it mention how “SNL” fictionalized a future episode of “Fake President Trump’s Second Inaugural Security Conference” in a sketch earlier this year about Rittenhouse’s case.
Instead, the episode turned to a common Trump trope: “SNL” fake-conservatives are united by “romantic paranoia.” There’s Roseanne and Tomi Lahren and other people from right-wing media who think others are trying to take away their love.
“Watching the news is like being in a real-life, romantic comedy,” Jordan Peele said, trying to make sense of the Sean Hannity hosts on his show.
“Gosh, anyone who thinks that somehow there might be Russians trying to infiltrate Washington, D.C., and influence public policy — and even more importantly, the electoral process — does not deserve to be a real American citizen,” he continued.
“It’s so dangerous, and there are also people like the director of the CIA, not the Russian National Anthem,” added an unidentified voice off camera, during the rap part of the skit. “We’re like a Phantom of the Opera — we haven’t had a sign of love or a chorus of kids singing ‘Oh say can you see?’ in a long time, like since 10 years ago.”
Below is a new promo for the “Saturday Night Live” June 30 taping, in which the commercial musical guest is The Carters: