Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley made a surprise guest appearance in a skit skewering Donald Trump on the most recent episode of "Saturday Night Live."
Haley’s cameo: The former U.N. ambassador made a cameo appearance on the TV show on Saturday, poking fun at former President Trump's age and mental competency. The "SNL" sketch was set at a mock-up CNN Town Hall, with Haley questioning Trump (portrayed by comedian James Austin Johnson) on why he won’t debate her and Trump making jokes about women in leadership.
"Are you doing OK, Donald? You might need a mental competency test," says Haley, 52, who has presented herself as a younger and more capable option compared to both Trump, 77, and President Joe Biden, 81.
“I took the test, and I aced it,” the Trump impersonator replies. “They told me I'm 100% mental, and I'm competent because I'm a man. That’s why a woman should never run our economy. Women are terrible with money.”
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The jokes' references: Haley's jokes are in reference to Trump's recent verbal mistakes, including when he confused Haley with former Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi during a speech on Jan. 19. The former president has also appeared to slur his words and suggested that Barack Obama was still in office in other occasions. Trump has also refused to participate in any GOP presidential primary debates, hence Haley calling him out on the "SNL" sketch.
“I was just curious, what would you say was the main cause of the Civil War? And do you think it starts with an ‘s’ and ends with a ‘lavery’?” Edebiri asks.
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“Yes, I probably should have said that the first time,” Haley answers.
Latest on Haley: Despite the criticism, Haley later tweeted, "Had a blast tonight on SNL! Know it was past Donald's bedtime so looking forward to the stream of unhinged tweets in the a.m.” The appearance comes as Haley campaigns in her home state of South Carolina ahead of the Republican primary.
Despite recent setbacks in the Republican primary, Haley's campaign raised $16.5 million in January, marking her best fundraising month to date. However, she acknowledges the need for improved results in her home state's primary compared to the earlier New Hampshire contest.
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"SNL" controversies: "SNL" also recently announced comedian Shane Gillis as the next host, who had been fired in 2019 for making anti-Asian comments and using anti-gay slurs. The decision to invite Gillis back has sparked further controversy, highlighting the show's history of giving platforms to problematic individuals. The show reportedly has a tradition of featuring political figures, including hosting Trump, but some criticize such moves for normalizing controversial figures.
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