It wasn’t the first time that Saturday Night Live merged one of Larry David’s past creative endeavors with his impression of Bernie Sanders. But with fellow Seinfeld alum Julia Louis-Dreyfus hosting the show, how could SNL not service the fans of the classic comedy?
As has become regular this election year, the show opened by mocking the 2016 campaigns—specifically, Thursday’s combative Democratic debate in Brooklyn.
After David as Sanders and Kate McKinnon as Hillary Clinton literally get into a slap fight onstage, faux-Wolf Blitzer turned the questioning over to “some real New Yorkers.”
First up: Elaine Benes.
Reclaiming her old character, Louis-Dreyfus asked Sanders (David) how he would break up the big banks, a question which has fallen into the spotlight ahead of Tuesday’s New York primary.
“Once I’m elected president, I’ll have a nice schvitz in the White House gym,” Sanders said. “Then I’ll go to the big banks, I’ll sit them down, and yada yada yada they’ll be broken up.”
“Yes it does, my sister-friend,” Clinton answered arms raised.
After another “longtime New Yorker” and former sitcom character, Rachel Green, attempted (but failed) to ask a question, the questioning returned to Benes, with another tough question for Sanders.
“Sen. Sanders, you believe that the super-rich should pay more in taxes, but would that be bad for actors, who made a lot of money on a certain, very successful sitcom?” she asked.
“Yeah, so?” Sanders (again, played by David, one of the creators of Seinfeld).
“Wouldn’t it be even worse for the person who created that sitcom?” Benes pressed. “I mean, wouldn’t he lose a lot of money? Do you see what I’m saying?”
“Ehhh, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah. You should vote for her,” he replied, pointing to Clinton.