Over the weekend, the cast of NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” poked fun at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who has said repeatedly she prays for President Donald Trump, despite their myriad political differences.
Playing Pelosi, comedian Kate McKinnon, who portrayed a hilarious parody of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential election season, performed the sketch during the “Weekend Update” segment of the show.
“Lord, please help Donald Trump,” said McKinnon, as the 79-year-old lawmaker, who is Catholic. “If he has to be president, please make him a little better at any of it.”
“And please take him,” she continued, angelic tones playing in the background. “Not to heaven or anything; just somewhere else, just for a little while. Mama needs a break.”
What inspired the sketch?
The segment came just days after Pelosi engaged in a heated exchange with reporter James Rosen, who asked the House speaker if she “hates” Trump.
While she believes the president it “cruel” and “a coward,” Pelosi was angered by the journalist’s suggestion that she despises Trump, whom she assured Rosen she prays for frequently.
“I don’t hate anyone,” she shot back. “I was raised in a way that is a heart full of love and always pray for the president. And I still pray for the president. I pray for the president all the time. So, don’t mess with me when it comes to words like that.”
For his part, Trump decided to weigh in — as he is wont to do — with a tweet. He told his followers he doesn’t believe Pelosi actually prays for him.