[image-1] Continuing her streak of playing white southern Republicans, Kate McKinnon put on a suit, a prosthetic turkey neck, and sharpened up her index finger to challenge U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham in the cold open of Saturday Night Live this week in a send up of last week’s Senate questioning of Judge Brett Kavanaugh. [content-4] In the season opener, which also featured Matt Damon playing Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh, McKinnon does her best to ridiculously portray Graham’s enraged colloquy with the judge last week over allegations of sexual assault against the judge.
McKinnon parodied bits of Graham’s surprise outburst, including his dramatic pointing across the committee hearing room, his low-key rage, and a random mention of Bill Cosby, who earlier in the week was convicted of sexual assault.
“Just, please, stop saying Bill Cosby,” Damon (as Kavanaugh) said.
Also making a surprise appearance in the skit was Rachel Dratch as Sen. Amy Klobuchar.
[content-1] President Donald Trump nominated Kavanaugh, a D.C. circuit court judge, to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, who has retired. Numerous women have come forward alleging sexual misconduct by Kavanaugh. One of those accusers, Christine Blasey Ford, testified before the committee about an alleged sexual attack by Kavanaugh and a friend when they were in high school.
Over the weekend, after the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to pass Kavanaugh’s nomination to the full Senate, the FBI announced it would investigate the allegations against the judge, who if confirmed by the Senate, would serve a life term as a Supreme Court justice.
McKinnon makes her appearance around 10:13: