Mikey Day, Kate McKinnon (Screenshot: NBC)

With Alec Baldwin taking the big star’s prerogative of a week off from portraying Donald Trump, Saturday Night Live called on Kate McKinnon’s increasingly goblin-like Jeff Sessions to anchor the traditional political cold open on last night’s Tiffany Haddish-hosted episode. The show took numerous shots at Alabama Republican senatorial candidate, blustering bigot, and alleged sexual predator Roy Moore (played here by featured player Mikey Day), leading off with Beck Bennett’s primly prudish Mike Pence urging the defiantly gross Moore to drop out of the race, telling him, “Don’t think of it as ending your campaign, think of it as going to conversion therapy to turn yourself into someone who’s no longer a candidate.”

Failing in that, Pence turns the task over to McKinnon’s Sessions, who enters by unfolding his wee horrible self from inside a White House dresser where he says he spends his time, “cooking up nightmares for children.” Addressing Moore’s history of having sex with minors (as alleged in a meticulously sourced Washington Post story this week), even McKinnon’s gnomish Sessions couldn’t stomach being in the same room with Moore, confessing that, while he admires Moore’s homophobia, anti-Muslim bigotry, and contempt for the rule of law, he’s got gooseflesh because, as he says, “I’m usually the creepiest one in the room.” While the Alabama senate race between the odious-on-many-levels Moore and alleged not-sexual-predator Doug Jones points up exactly how far the Republican Party will go—like as far as to excuse a purported pedophile—as long as they can keep the majority, SNL let Moore’s words and deeds make the case against him. As McKinnon’s Sessions summed up the situation, Moore’s down-home sliminess is “too Alabama” even for an infamous Alabama bigot like Sessions himself.

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