During another coronavirus-related opening sketch, Fox News’ Laura Ingraham, played by Kate McKinnon, advises her viewers that the outbreak is an “urban legend—yes, I’m using ‘urban’ as a dog whistle,” and complains that criticism of President Donald Trump’s response to COVID-19 is the work of stark raving mad liberals.
After speaking to Jeanine Pirro (Cecily Strong), Donald Trump Jr. (Mikey Day) and Eric Trump (Alex Moffat), and Chris Matthews (Darrell Hammond), Ingraham patches in Elizabeth Warren to discuss her exit from the race…the actual Elizabeth Warren.
This skit is full of moments that Warren supporters will no doubt find enjoyable. When Ingrahm decides to roll tape of Warren pummeling Michael Bloomberg during the debates, she hits play on a recent viral video of Warren’s dog, Bailey, fighting staffers for a burrito. “Just to be clear, were you the dog or the burrito?” Ingraham asks.
“I was the dog,” Warren responds, to uproarious applauds by the live studio audience.
Warren added that she didn’t have any regrets about her presidential bid, especially because she got to give a billionaire a “swirlie on live TV.” The senator explains that she’s been practicing some self-care since suspending her presidential bid, which includes prank calling big banks, drag-racing Subarus, and staying off Twitter. The cold open then ended with McKinnon running into the room in full Warren gear, unwilling to miss the opportunity to thank her in person for her life’s work. “I’m not dead. I’m just in the Senate,” Warren replies. Watch the full skit, below:
Of course, that’s not all. Having Warren on set at 30 Rock meant some behind-the-scenes antics with her impersonator.
The moment quickly made the rounds on Twitter, via Warren supporters and McKinnon enthusiasts, alike. U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who endorses Bernie Sanders for president, even replied, “ok, this is legendary.”
Here are some more reactions from the night:
Maybe Warren doesn’t need to avoid Twitter after all.