Donald Trump's Impeachment Acquittal Celebrated in Tucker Carlson Parody on Saturday Night Live

Saturday Night Live's cold open imagined how former President Donald Trump's allies would celebrate his acquittal on a charge of inciting the January 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.

The show parodied an episode of Tucker Carlson Tonight, with the Fox News host, portrayed by Alex Moffat, bringing out a series of key Republican figures in the impeachment saga.

"Welcome to Tucker Carlson Tonight, I'm your host and human White Claw, Tucker Carlson," Moffat's Carlson said.

"There's a lot to cover tonight, including the impeachment. So, in place of my usual monologue here's a loose collection of scaremongering non sequiturs."

"Is AOC hiding in your house right now? Wouldn't put it past her. Pronouns for dogs? Come on, everybody knows they're boys. Pixar: Is it making our kids depressed or gay? Pick one!"

Moffat's Carlson went on to say the impeachment had reached its "foregone conclusion," before bringing out Sen. Lindsey Graham, played by Kate McKinnon.

McKinnon's Graham said it was "a great day for 30 percent of America" before describing the trial as "offensive and absurd, like a friggin' episode of Rick and Morty."

Defending the former president, McKinnon's Graham added: "We all agree the attack on the Capitol was a horrible thing, but just because the rioters were yelling 'Fight for Trump' doesn't mean they meant Donald Trump. Could've been some real Tiffany heads. Maybe even some Eric stans, I don't know. But regardless, the trial is over and now we can move past this and focus on the serious issues. That's locking up Hillary and freeing beautiful Britney Spears."

McKinnon's Graham went on: "I just don't understand why everyone still insists on taking Donald Trump down. He is smart, he is nice, he's in shape. Last fall he died of Covid and didn't even tell nobody."

Next up to discuss the trial's outcome was Sen. Ted Cruz, played by Aidy Bryant.

In response to a chyron that mentioned that Trump once branded Cruz's wife ugly, Bryant said: "What does it say below me? Oh yeah, that's what Trump said about my wife. I think she's beautiful but since Trump is the boss, sorry, honey. You're busted."

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Kate Mckinnon as Sen. Lindsey Graham and Aidy Bryant as Sen. Ted Cruz on Saturday Night Live. NBC/Saturday Night Live

Bryant's Cruz also spoke about the advice he and other GOP senators had for Trump's legal counsel.

"Like any impartial juror, we took it upon ourselves to meet with the defense lawyers to give them some very simple advice: stop and don't," she explained.

Moffat's Carlson then took another look at some of the arguments made by Trump's lawyers.

Mikey Day, playing Bruce Castor, said: "I want to apologize for being unprepared last time I was out here... wife bought decaf!"

He then went on to misidentify himself as the lead prosecutor, the bailiff and a bridesmaid.

"Nope, sorry, I need a second. Let's hear it for the prosecution! Wowser. Am I right? Y'all rule, crushed it. Well...that's my time!" Day's Castor added.

Pete Davidson then portrayed Castor's fellow defense attorney Michael van Der Veen. "This is the worst thing that's been in the Senate chamber in the history of a couple weeks," he said.

"And now the House wants to bring up witnesses over Zoom. Zoom? I can't afford to Zoom! You I'm getting paid for this? And this is supposed to be on my last day... I already bought a non refundable train ticket back home to Phillyvania, Pennsadelphia!"

Last up was Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, portrayed by Beck Bennett.

Beckett's Mitchell explained that he voted against convicting Trump "because everyone knows you cannot impeach a former president."

"That's why we should have impeached him before, back when I said we couldn't," he added.

Asked what he really thought of Trump, Beckett's Mitchell replied: "I think he's guilty as hell and the worst person I ever met and I hope every city, county and state locks his a** up."

Bennett then let out a deep breath, before adding: "God, that felt good. I've been holding that inside my neck for four years."