Kids on ‘SNL’ ask Santa if Trump, Roy Moore, and Al Franken are on the naughty list


  • “Saturday Night Live” took on the continuing fallout over powerful men accused of sexual misconduct with a skit featuring kids asking Santa uncomfortable political questions.
  • Politics, and the sexual misconduct news, were the focus of a few skits this week.
  • James Franco hosted and SZA was the musical guest.

In this week’s cold open of “Saturday Night Live,” a bevy of woke kids asked Santa a series of uncomfortable political questions.

The first boy asked if Santa could tell him what Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota did, and which list embattled Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore was on.

Santa (played by Kenan Thompson) said Franken, who resigned from the Senate this week following a growing number of sexual harassment accusations, was on his naughty list this year.

The elf (played by Kate McKinnon) said Moore wasn’t on a list, suggesting he was on the sex offender registry instead. Several women have accused Moore of acting inappropriately or pursuing relationships with them when they were teenagers and he was in his 30s.

The next child asked, “Is President Trump on the naughty list?”

Santa said Trump “may have said or done a few naughty things,” while McKinnon said under her breath, “19 accusers – Google it.” Santa told the girl we could all learn a lesson from the news.

“I learned that if you admit you did something wrong, you get in trouble,” the little girl said. “But if you deny it, they let you keep your job!”

The rest of the kids talked about NFL players kneeling for the National Anthem, the “dying” coal industry, the GOP tax plan, “feminazis,” opioids, Trump moving the US embassy to Jerusalem, and the sexual harassment allegations against fired NBC host Matt Lauer.

“Earmuffs, earmuffs!” Santa told one of the children. “Where the hell they get these kids from? I never thought I’d say this, but I think our public schools are too good!”

The last little girl, Jenny, said she didn’t want any presents, she just wanted everything to be OK.

“I know that things seem particularly insane right now, like truly mind-bendingly insane. And we seem to have lost all perspective on what’s naughty or nice,” McKinnon told her. “As bad as things might seem, I promise you, Jenny, it will be OK. … Most people in America are good people, and eventually good people will fix our country.”

Jenny said she’d put all her money in Bitcoin just in case.

Elsewhere on the episode, on which James Franco hosted and SZA was the musical guest, sexual harassers apologized to their workplace victims, and Michael Che went undercover as a liberal white woman named Gretchen.

Steve Martin, Seth Rogen, and Jonah Hill also crashed Franco’s opening monologue, and “Weekend Update” addressed Trump moving the US embassy and the allegations against Moore and Franken.