In the midst of an erratic news cycle, “Saturday Night Live” paused to enjoy a moment in American history that marked Confirmation of Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court of the United States.
The show opens with Brown, played by Ego Nwodim, hosted in the Oval Office by President Joe Biden, played by James Austin Johnson.
Biden said he delivered on a campaign promise to bring a Black woman to the high court. Jackson says she’s happy to lead.
“I’m happy to do my part,” she said, “working twice as hard as a white person in my entire life and then spending a week listening Ted Cruz call me a pedophile. “
Biden urged Jackson to take a moment and “feel the weight of history” from within the White House.
Jackson imagines who she wants to talk to, and Late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, played by Kate McKinnon, appeared. She said there was finally some justice – Jackson’s confirmation on Thursday by the US Senate.
“In the end,” she said, “people do the right thing.”
“I was confirmed to the senate 96 to 3,” Ginsburg continued. “Right? What’s your vote?”
Jackson replied, “53-47. A lot of them walked out, and one guy kept asking me if the infant is racist. “
Ginsburg: “Ted Cruz?”
Jackson: “You know.”
The topic continues on the news section “Weekend Updates.” Co-host Colin Jost said that, after the Senate confirmed the US Circuit Court judge as the first black woman to serve on the Supreme Court, Justice Brett Kavanaugh said, “I’ll drink there.”
Jost is finally back with more pressing national news, the breakdown from Will Smith slaps Chris Rock at the Oscars ceremony last month.
He noted that Smith was punished with 10 year ban appearing at the annual event.
“But is that a punishment?” Jost said. “He can still be nominated and even win an award. He can even attend the party afterwards. He just doesn’t have to attend the 4-hour ceremony – where someone is certain. will come make fun his wife’s too. “
“I think the real punishment would be to force Will Smith to host next year’s Oscars,” Jost said.