Updated Mar 1, 2020 - Politics & Policy

"SNL" cold open tackles coronavirus

The "SNL" cast

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"Saturday Night Live" skewered the Trump administration and 2020 Democrats as the cold open focused on the novel coronavirus.

Details: Beck Bennett's Vice President Mike Pence, who's leading the Trump administration's COVID-19 task force, introduced "some of the best people left in government" — like Kenan Thompson's HUD Secretary Ben Carson. It wasn't long before Democratic candidates Elizabeth Warren (Kate McKinnon), Bernie Sanders (Larry David), Pete Buttigieg (Colin Jost) and Amy Klobuchar (Rachel Dratch) crashed the news conference — as this week's "SNL" host John Mulaney arrived as Joe Biden wearing a "South Carolina" sash, a nod to the former vice president's primary win in the state.

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Editor's note: This article has been updated with more details and context.

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