This weekend's "Saturday Night Live" skit mocking Donald Trump and his supporters drew widespread attention in the wake of what many have called the Trump campaign's worst week yet.
The skit, in which cast member Kate McKinnon plays CNN's Kate Bolduan, shows Cecily Strong impersonating conservative radio personality Scottie Nell Hughes, who attempts to defend Trump’s increasingly controversial comments.
“As a woman, I like Donald Trump, but as a full-blown nutjob, I freakin’ love him,” Strong says in her role as Hughes.
McKinnon’s character questioned how Hughes can continue to defend Trump’s actions, which have included retweeting an unflattering photo of Heidi Cruz. She also brings up Trump's comments, including a statement that women who get abortions should be punished.
“At least Donald is talking about women. He is creating a dialogue about women,” Strong’s character said.
The skit cuts to "SNL" alum Darrell Hammond, who is portraying Trump at one of his famously large rallies. Trump is leading the rally-goers in a chant: “When I say women, you say suck.”
“Well, Kate, some women do suck,” Hughes says in reaction.
McKinnon’s character appears incredulous about the continuing defense of Trump.
“You can’t break me, Kate,” the Hughes character says. “Because I’m crazy and crazy don’t break.”
The real Hughes took the skit with good humor, but acknowledged that it stung, The Blaze reported
“I’m a little shaken after this. I had no idea this was coming,” she told The Blaze, adding that she explained to her daughter that bullying doesn’t stop in elementary school.
During an appearance on CNN
, Hughes joked that the sketch had an outdated portrayal of her: “That look was so 2015, SNL. Update it. I’ve cut my hair.”
“I have a great sense of humor. My mother said she loved it. She thought it was the funniest thing. She’s going to watch it every morning. You’ve got to have a sense of humor and laugh about yourself,” Hughes said, adding that the skit was the “ultimate sexism.” “What does ‘SNL’ want me to do be barefoot and pregnant or maybe just talking about parenting issues?”
Twitter users had mixed reactions to the sketch.
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