‘SNL’ weekend update tackles Russian-Ukrainian rhetoric – and Kamala’s brown suit


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Colin Jost, co-anchor of Saturday Night Live’s weekend update, joked over the weekend that “we’re now at the point where every press conference [President Biden is] asked, ‘Will there be a nuclear war?'”

Russian President Vladimir Putin threatened the West with the nuclear option when he invaded Ukraine in late February, saying any country that intervened would suffer ‘consequences such as you have never experienced before in your history’ .

Jost said a reporter asked Biden during a recent White House briefing “if we should be worried about a nuclear war.”

“And he said, ‘No,’ Jost continued, ‘because he’s gonna say what? ‘Yeah, man! Start digging a bunker, Jack!'”

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Anchor Colin Jost and anchor Michael Che during the weekend update on Saturday January 22, 2022.
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Why Kamala wore brown

Next, co-anchor Michael Che turned to domestic politics.

“While many who attended last Tuesday’s State of the Union address wore blue and yellow in solidarity with Ukraine,” he said, Vice President Kamala Harris wore brown “to do what she did last year – fade into the background”.

President Biden greets Vice President Kamala Harris, left, and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi after delivering his State of the Union address at the United States Capitol in Washington, DC on March 1, 2022 Harris wore an all-maroon suit during the president's speech.

President Biden greets Vice President Kamala Harris, left, and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi after delivering his State of the Union address at the United States Capitol in Washington, DC on March 1, 2022 Harris wore an all-maroon suit during the president’s speech.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin on state television on Saturday, March 5, 2022.

Russian President Vladimir Putin on state television on Saturday, March 5, 2022.
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Jost said that despite superior firepower, some military experts said Russian troops had been held back by “aging equipment, low motivation and inept leadership”.

“So basically it’s the Lakers,” he added, referring to the underperforming NBA team.

Germany’s ‘six-year gap’

Che said Germany had joined the European Union to send arms to Ukraine, which he said was the first time the country had increased its military production “since that little six-year gap in their history books”.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, RS.C., created controversy on Twitter last week when he suggested that Putin should be assassinated by someone in Russia, Jost noted.

“This is a shocking and disgusting example of Lindsey Graham being kinda right about something,” he joked. (Graham then backtracked to say that Putin should be declared a war criminal and imprisoned).

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Actor Oscar Isaac hosted the March 5 episode and Charli XCX returned to perform as a musical guest after having to step down last December when the show fired its audience and most of its crew. due to a coronavirus outbreak.


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