Saturday Night Live got into the Christmas spirit for its cold open this week, but the holiday cheer was quickly snuffed out by an unsettling reminder of the many disturbing headlines to come out of the past year.
"Well, I guess you can say Al Franken is on Santa's naughty list this year", Thompson finally replies.
Unsure how to explain the news Franken resigned from the Senate following sexual misconduct allegations, Santa turns to a helper elf, played by Kate McKinnon: "Can you take the Al Franken thing, sugar plum?"
Asked what list GOP candidate Roy Moore is on, McKinnon tells the boy that it is more of a registry than a list. Then came Trump. As McKinnon reminds Santa during the sketch, the president is more than qualified to be on the naughty list - "Nineteen accusers".
One little girl asks for a Barbie - "unless the "feminazis" are going to take that away from me too". One kid asks Thompson, "I love football".
In the course of answering these questions, the cold open touches up the real-life woes of Trump, Rep. Our president may have said and done a few naughty things.
"We sure can!" the girl replies cheerfully.
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'C'mon, man! When you're supporting an accused child molester you can't say "go get 'em!"
You may recall, the Minnesota Senator was forced to resign for getting frisky with a Playboy model, who just happens to be a die-hard, Republican political operative, during an x-rated 2006 USO show in Iraq. "But if you deny it, they let you keep your job." Oof. "And we seem to have lost all perspective on what's naughty or nice".
The skit ended with the elf telling a little girl that 'I know that things seem particularly insane.
"Oh, you mean toy like the one Matt Lauer gave to his co-worker?" the boy asks, smiling.
Then, in a nod to Trump's support of West Virginia coal miners, Santa said to the girl, "Well OK, careful there, Jessica, or you might get coal in your stocking".
While Amy the elf does her best to reassure a concerned Jenny - the last child to visit mall Santa - that everything will be okay (in three years, 42 days and 24 minutes), Jenny wagers that she'll have a plan if things don't work out.
For a little added insurance, though, the kid's putting all her money in Bitcoin.