Saturday Night Live, when it opened on December 5, parodied the testimony of Rudy Giuliani's list of witnesses at a wide-ranging hearing in Michigan lawmakers last week during which President Donald Trump's personal attorney tried to convince lawmakers to approve the election results of the state.
The sketch attempted to mock the way in which many of the witnesses had reprocessed unsubstantiated allegations of electoral fraud and wrongdoing in real life, and was presented on one particularly noteworthy occasion against Michigan lawmakers who oversaw the hearing while they were conspiracy theories floated, controversial.
Kate McKinnon, who played a theatrical and awkward Giuliani, opened the hearing by saying, "This election was stolen from the American people using a ruse that has not been seen since Houdini."
When asked about evidence to back up his claims, McKinnon's Giuliani continued, “I introduced you to a dozen highly intelligent, barely drunk individuals, all of whom are eyewitnesses, and after hearing their testimony you will say, 'Wow, Rudy had Right and he's getting smarter and more respected day by day. & # 39; ”
The first to testify was Cecily Strong, who played Melissa Carone – a contract information technology employee for an electoral systems company – who made extensive, evidence-free allegations of fraud in real life at the hearing.
"Personally, I've seen hundreds, if not thousands, of dead people who voted for Democrats," said Strong's Carone. "Have you checked every poll? Have you talked to all the dead "
Heidi Gardner played another eyewitness who claimed she saw Democrats handing out ballots from food trucks. "The Democrats said, 'It's lunchtime' and then they opened the food truck and it was full – full of choice sandwiches, choice pizzas, choice steaks and choice spaghetti," she said.
Gardner's testimony seems to be a nod to Carone's real-life allegations in an interview with Fox News' Lou Dobbs that vendors who deliver groceries to election workers had fraudulent votes.
Beck Bennett played My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell, an ally of Trump who has made numerous implausible allegations of election fraud in the past few weeks and who used his testimony in the SNL version of the events as a barely disguised advertisement for his company. Alex Moffat played a witness who described an alien abduction story and then clarified that he saw the aliens "clearly filling out postal ballots, all for Biden." When asked when it happened, he said it was "seven years ago".
There was also an appearance by Pete Davidson and Kyle Mooney, who played two of the 14 men accused of a militia conspiracy that resulted in the kidnapping of Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer. They said they needed a chance to "do it all over again".
"If we have another shot, we can safely get them to my basement!" Yelled Davidson.
McKinnon's Giuliani concluded the hearing by alluding to the personal interests of those involved in sustaining Trump's Quixotic legal effort to challenge the election results: “The defense is paused, but we will never rest until this election is repealed or until I'll get you a full apology or $ 10 million cash. "
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