Seth Meyers and Jimmy Fallon tackled Trump’s comparison of Confederate General Robert E. Lee to George Washington and Thomas Jefferson for a Thursday edition of SNL’s “Weekend Update.”
Meyers and Fallon tossed on the garb of the two founding fathers and satirically plead their case as to why they’re better than Robert E. Lee.
“I’m nothing like that guy,” Fallon said, in full Washingtonian costume. “I created this country, he tried to tear it apart.”
Host Michael Che countered with Trump’s argument that they were both slave owners. Then Washington turned the floor over to Jefferson.
“Whoa, you’re going to throw me under the carriage like that?” Seth Myers said as he rolled his chair into the frame as the Thomas Jefferson character. “You’re going to make me the slave guy, really?”
Jefferson then noted the drastically different time period: “You have to remember, it was a different time, man,” and added, “It was the ’70s, man, the 1770s.”
“Look, we have all done bad things, but the difference between us and Robert E. Lee is we did good things. Like, I wrote the Declaration of Independence,” Myers continued.
The cast didn’t let Trump forget his comment about veteran John McCain being captured in the Vietnam War, either.
“Not to be a jerk, but I won my war,” Fallon said as Washington.
“Yeah, and I’m sorry, Robert E. Lee, but I prefer generals who win wars,” Meyers added as Jefferson.
Since the Unite the Right event that took place on Virginia took place Saturday, the president warned that the ‘Alt-Left’ would want to take down statues of America’s Founding Fathers next. He turned out to be correct, as calls for the removal of George Washington’s statues has been suggested by some community leaders.
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