10:13pm PT by Lauren Huff
'SNL' Tackles Trump's "Racist" Immigration Comments on "Weekend Update"
Host Sam Rockwell was not the only one who got to curse on NBC's Saturday Night Live over the weekend.
"The book Fire and Fury, a salacious exposé of the Trump White House, was released last week, and this week the sequel wrote itself," Colin Jost joked to open the "Weekend Update" segment of the show. "During an Oval Office meeting, Trump attacked protections for immigrants from African countries that he called 's-holes,'" he explained. "That's what NBC asked us to say, by the way, 's-hole' — even though the president can say 'shithole.' Oops."
Continued Jost, "I feel bad for parents with young children — every word you tell them not to say, they can say [back], 'But the president gets to say it!'" He also pointed out that Trump made the comment right before Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: "It's like pounding a case of beer before rehab. Now I'm just worried about what he's going to say the day before Passover."
"Weekend Update" co-host Michael Che added in his thoughts: "Can I be honest? When someone asks me, 'Did you hear what Donald Trump called Haiti and Africa?' I was like, 'Oh boy, did it start with an 'n?' But then I heard what he said, and I was like, 'That's it?' I've said that about countries for not having a CVS. Here's the thing: My job is to make jokes about the news, but Trump saying something racist isn't exactly news anymore."
During a meeting with lawmakers earlier this week about a proposed bipartisan deal on immigration, the president reportedly questioned why the U.S. would want to admit more people from "shithole countries." The deal would have changed rules affecting immigrants from Africa, El Salvador and Haiti.