Trump Hits Out at SNL After Sketch Mocking Kavanaugh, But Praises Kanye West

President Donald Trump tweeted an attack on Saturday Night Live on Sunday, while also praising this weekend's musical guest, Kanye West.

"Like many, I don't watch Saturday Night Live (even though I past hosted it) - no longer funny, no talent or charm," Trump wrote. "It is just a political ad for the Dems," he added, before transitioning to praise West "Word is that Kanye West, who put on a MAGA hat after the show (despite being told "no"), was great. He's leading the charge!"

Like many, I don’t watch Saturday Night Live (even though I past hosted it) - no longer funny, no talent or charm. It is just a political ad for the Dems. Word is that Kanye West, who put on a MAGA hat after the show (despite being told “no”), was great. He’s leading the charge!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 30, 2018

The newest episode was also the opening of the popular sketch comedy show's 44th season. Known for satirizing and mocking political and social events in the country, the episode took aim at the controversy surrounding Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, with actor Matt Damon playing the embattled judge in the show's opening sketch.

"I am here tonight because of a sham… a political con job organised by the Clintons, George Soros, Kathy Griffin and Mr. Ronan Sinatra. Now I am usually an optimist… I'm a keg is half full kind of guy," Damon said in his performance, alluding to Kavanaugh's heavy-drinking fraternity past. "But what I've seen from the monsters on this committee makes me want to puke – and not from beer."

Later on the show, during the "Weekend Update" segment, co-host Micheal Che blasted Kavanaugh and the Republicans who continue to support him, despite multiple claims of sexual assault against him.

"I just want to remind everybody that all that yelling and crying happened at a job interview," Che said, referencing the nominee's Thursday testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee. "I mean, typically when you're asked about a sexual assault and your drinking problem at a job interview, you don't get the damn job."

"Why does it have to be him?" Che went on to ask. "Can't [you] just pick a dude from your Illuminati lizard meetings?" he added, in an apparent reference to the unusual rituals reportedly undertaken by secret societies at elite universities, such as Yale, Kavanaugh's alma mater.

Update weighs in on the Kavanaugh nomination hearing. #SNLPremiere

— Saturday Night Live - SNL (@nbcsnl) September 30, 2018

But the episode also featured rapper, and husband of Kim Kardashian, Kanye West, who recently announced that he wants to now be called simply "Ye." West has become a vocal defender of President Donald Trump, despite significant backlash from fans and longtime friends. He also formerly competed on a celebrity edition of Trump's popular reality TV show, The Apprentice.

Showing his continued support for the president, West wore a red "Make America Great Again" or "MAGA" baseball cap at the end of the show. He also went into a pro-Trump speech, despite boos from some in the audience.

"It's so many times that I talk to a white person about this, and they say, 'How could you support Trump? He's racist.' Well if I was concerned about racism, I would have moved out of America a long time ago," West (or Ye) told the audience. "We don't just make our decisions off of racism. I'ma break it down to you right now: If someone inspires me and I connect with them, I don't have to believe in all they policies."

SNL has frequently mocked Trump and his administration, with Alec Baldwin portraying the president in a series of sketches. The president has routinely responded bitterly to the mockery, criticizing the show and Baldwin's performance.