Trump, Fauci, & Musk Offer Easter Messages

Saturday Night Live’s cold open this weekend began with Easter wishes from cast members portraying former President Donald Trump, Dr. Anthony Fauci, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), and even billionaire Elon Musk.

The sketch opened with the Easter Bunny, played by Bowen Yang, inviting “folks from all walks of life to share their hopes for this Easter season.”

One of the bunny’s guests was Trump, played by James Austin Johnson, wearing a Russian lapel pin and defending his remarks that COVID would end by Easter — just not Easter of 2020.

“I would love to be bunny, I would be so good with bunny. Because I’ve told America COVID would be over by Easter. I just didn’t say which one, OK, I didn’t say which one it was gonna be,” Johnson’s Trump said.

NIAID Director Fauci, played by Kate McKinnon, also appeared with the Easter Bunny on Saturday’s cold open.

“Trust me, I’m not here to give you any more COVID guidance. I’m not stupid enough to think you’re actually gonna follow it,” McKinnon’s Fauci said.

“All I’ll say is that COVID cases are a lot like Jesus — they’ve risen again,” he added.

Greene, played by Cecily Strong, also showed up with a rifle made of chocolate.

“Don’t worry, this rifle’s chocolate — but the bullets are real,” Strong’s Greene said before wishing the audience a happy Easter and saying “God Bless Russia.”

“Happy Easter and God Bless Russia — I mean, America. But kinda both, right?” Strong’s Greene added.

Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, played by Mikey Day, also appeared to announce that he’s buying the Easter holiday in addition to Twitter.

“Ok, so, I’m Elon Musk, and I’m here to officially buy Easter,” Day’s Musk said. “I am offering 23 billion Peeps. Ha ha ha ha. That was a joke.”

“Look, I know people don’t want me to buy Twitter. But why? Are you worried I’ll make Twitter bad? What are you scared I’ll buy next, the Oscars? Ha ha ha ha. That was a joke,” he added.

Actor Jared Leto, played by Kyle Mooney, New York Mayor Eric Adams (D), played by Chris Redd, and Chloe Fineman’s Britney Spears also made appearances on SNL’s cold open.

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