Saturday Night Live Cold Open: Cecily Strong Returns As Jeanine Pirro With Guests Kyle Rittenhouse Trial Judge Bruce Schroeder And, Of Course, Donald Trump

The Saturday Night Live cold open tackled a number of the week’s headlines — the Kyle Rittenhouse verdict, Kevin McCarthy’s marathon floor speech, and Donald Trump’s rants — through the eyes of Judge Jeanine Pirro.

Cecily Strong returned to play the Fox News personality, who host Justice with Jeanine, as she defended Rittenhouse, acquitted of all charges in the killing of two men and injuring another in the Kenosha protests last year.

“That lovable scamp was put through a nightmare of a trial just for doing the bravest thing any American can do — protecting a used car lot in someone else’s town,” Pirro said.

Later, James Austin Johnson returned as Donald Trump, as he went on one of his characteristic attacks on the infrastructure bill, Joe Biden, Chris Christie and his own plans for a reboot. Johnson won praise for his portrayal of Trump earlier this month, and the show once again played up the real figure’s tendency to divert into streams of consciousness.

“We’re coming back,” Trump said. “We’re coming back in 2024. Everyone loves reboots. People loved it before they are going to like it again — just like iCarly. Just like iCarly.

Pirro’s first guest was Judge Bruce Schroeder (Mikey Day), who started by telling her of the trial, “It was all standard procedure. That’s why I ordered that the prosecution not use the word ‘victims,’ they were rioters, and hey were not shot, they were ge-doinked. That did not give my client and unfair advantage in any way.”

“You said, ‘my client.’ Do you mean the defendant” Pirro interjected.

“Oooh, yeah, sure. I keep doing that,” Schroeder responded, as the show skewered the judge’s controversial moves that were seen as favorable to the defense.

More to come.

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