SNL eviscerates Susan Collins for her Kavanaugh yes vote

‘Everyone’s pumped, from white men over 60 to white men over 70’: SNL shows raucous Senate Republicans swigging beer in a locker room after Kavanaugh’s victory, as Lindsey Graham pies ‘the snake’ Jeff Flake in the face

  • Saturday Night Live aired hours after Kavanaugh was confirmed and sworn in
  • Cold open imagined ecstatic Republican ‘locker room’ celebrating win
  • Kate McKinnon returned as beer-chugging party master Lindsey Graham  
  • Cecily Strong played stinging parody of Maine Senator Susan Collins
  • Pete Davidson portrayed Jeff ‘The Snake’ Flake with ‘resting b***h face’

Saturday Night Live has lampooned Senate Republicans, imagining them chugging beer in the Senate ‘locker room’ after successfully confirming Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. 

The new SNL episode on Saturday aired just hours after the Senate voted 50-48 nearly along party lines to confirm Kavanaugh, who was then sworn in to the Supreme Court.

The cold opened imagined the party-hearty hi-jinks of ecstatic Republican senators, led by a beer-chugging Lindsey Graham, portrayed by Kate McKinnon.

‘How amazing is this? We made a lot of women real worried today, but I’m not getting pregnant so I don’t care,’ said McKinnon’s Graham, as Montell Jordan’s song ‘This Is How We Do It’ pumped in the background.

‘This Is How We Do It’ pumps in the background as the Republican senators party down in their locker room celebrating their victory in confirming Brett Kavanaugh

Party master Lindsey Graham (left, played by Kate McKinnon) smashes a pie in the face of Jeff ‘The Snake’ Flake, played by Pete Davidson with ‘resting b***h face’

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‘Let’s ralph til we boof!’ shouted Republican Senator John Kennedy, portrayed by Kyle Mooney.

‘Ralph’, or vomit, and ‘boof’ were both terms that appeared in Kavanaugh’s yearbook in real life. He argued the latter term referred to flatulence, though among others is it slang for rectal administration of alcohol. 

In the sketch, Beck Bennett’s Mitch McConnell said, ‘Everyone’s pumped – from white men over 60 to white men over 70.’  

‘It’s up there with Vietnam, for sure. This is historic,’ he said of the Republican victory.

Cecily Strong also appeared as Maine Senator Susan Collins, the Republican who dramatically announced that she would cast the deciding vote in favor of Kavanaugh on the Senate floor on Friday.

‘Oh please, the last thing I wanted was to make things about me,’ Strong’s Collins said. ‘That’s why I told all my female supporters to tune in at 3 o’clock, so I could tell them all, psych!’

The Republican senators party hearty in the Senate locker room during the SNL sketch

Cecily Strong (right) also appeared as Maine Senator Susan Collins, the Republican who dramatically announced that she would cast the deciding vote in favor of Kavanaugh

The sketch also featured Pete Davidson portraying a dour-looking Jeff Flake, the Republican senator for Arizona who forced a one-week FBI investigation before ultimately voting to confirm Kavanaugh. 

‘Hey, yeah, obviously I was really sad about the whole process as you could tell from my resting b***h face and really considered all the testimony…’ the Flake character said, but was interrupted when McKinnon’s Graham stuffed a pie in his face. 

‘Seriously, this one is for the fans,’ McKinnon said. ‘They’ve been there for us all week, cheering, screaming outside of our offices. … And I know they agree with us because they’re shouting out ‘Me too.” 

Turning the tables, the sketch cuts to a subdued Senate Minority Leader Chuck Shumer, as played by Alex Moffat, on the Democrats’ side.

‘Well the Dems lost another one, that’s what we do not,’ Moffat’s Schumer says casually.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Shumer, as played by Alex Moffat, winces after being punched in the groin by Democrat Senator Joe Manchin, who 

‘Let’s keep this horny male energy going to the midterms,’ the Graham character declares as senators crack open beers and dance to Robin Thicke’s ‘Blurred Lines’

An actor portraying Democrat Senator Joe Manchin, who broke party ranks to vote for Kavanaugh, then walks past and punches Moffat’s Schumer in the groin.

Back in the ‘Republican locker room’, McKinnon’s Graham declares Kavanaugh ‘the Natty Lite of judges’ as the rest of the caucus whoops and hollers. 

The characters crack open beers and dance to Robin Thicke’s ‘Blurred Lines’.

‘Let’s keep this horny male energy going to the midterms,’ the Graham character declares. 

Kavanaugh’s confirmation also predictably came in for ridicule during SNL’s Weekend Update segment later in the episode.

Co-host Colin Jost claimed that with the vote to confirm coming it at 50-48, it was the fewest yea votes a successful Supreme Court appointee had ever gotten.

In fact, many Justices have been confirmed with far fewer votes, as the Senate was once much smaller when there were fewer states.

Justice Stanley Matthews was confirmed to the high court with a slimmer margin than Kavanaugh’s in 1881, when the vote was 24-23. President Rutherford B. Hayes had been accused of cronyism in nominating Matthews, who was his classmate at Kenyon College.

Weekend Update co-host Colin Jost also predictably ridiculed Kavanaugh’s confirmation

Jost arrived at his punch line: ‘Keep in mind that it’s also the most yeses Kavanaugh has ever heard.’

‘He basically lied under oath at a job interview to become a judge. That’s like cheating on your wife during your wedding,’ Jost said.

Jost also ridiculed Kavanaugh’s op-ed published on Thursday in the Wall Street Journal, apologizing for his emotional tone as he defended himself against allegations of sexual misconduct.

Jost said the op-ed was ‘something AA calls step nine’.  

The Weekend Update co-host also chided Democrat Senator Cory Booker who ‘called Kavanaugh evil when his nomination was first announced.’

‘It’s like seeing OJ do a Hertz commercial in the 80s and saying ‘This is the worst thing he’ll ever do,’ Jost said.

In the real world, Kavanaugh was sworn in on Saturday evening in a private ceremony.

Chief Justice John Roberts administered the Constitutional Oath. Kavanaugh will take the bench when court resumes on Tuesday.

Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. (right) administers the Constitutional Oath to Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh in the Supreme Court Building on Tuesday night

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