#EndorseThis: On SNL, Santa's Tricky Moment With Savvy Kids

Calvin Saunders
December 13, 2017

Santa Claus is making a list and checking it twice, but leave it up to the kids to clue him in on who's been naughty and nice in a hilarious "Saturday Night Live" cold open.

It began normally enough with a boy named Tyler, asking for a round of laser tag and some toys, but the mood shifted with his last question: "What did Al Franken do?".

McKinnon's elf said, "It's not really a list, it's more of a registry". The young boy asked Santa if Roy Moore was also on the Naughty List. Tyler then asks what list Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore is on.

Other hot button issues to fall into Santa's lap, literally, included the bevy of sexual assault accusations against Donald Trump, the mixed reactions to NFL players kneeling during the national anthem, the "trickle-down" tax cuts conundrum, and even Bitcoin.

This week's episode opened with a mall Santa (Kenan Thompson) and an elf named Amy (Kate McKinnon) answering children's Christmas wishes, as well as some unusual questions about current events.

Struggling to keep things light and festive, Santa told the little girl he thought everyone could learn a lot from the news. First up, little Tyler wants a Mega Bloks dinosaur. After explaining that Trump might have said or done a few naughty things, McKinnon's elf interjected with a sly grin.

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Another girl told Santa, "I don't want any presents this year".

"We sure can!" the girl replies cheerfully. "I know that things seem particularly insane right now - like truly, mind-bendingly insane". "I've seen Fox News".

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.

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".

"But, as bad as things might seem, I promise you, Jenny, it will be OK". Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, maybe not for another three years, forty two days, and 24 minutes, Jenny. "But just in case I'm putting all my money in Bit".

"Well, you know, Santa tries to stay out of political matters", Thompson said.

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