Children bombard mall Santa with controversial political questions in SNL cold open

Kenan Thompson as Santa during Visit with Santa Cold Open on Saturday

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A poor mall Santa (Kenan Thompson) had to field some uncomfortable questions from kids about the news cycle in this week's holiday-themed cold open on Saturday Night Live.

"What about Roy Moore - what list is he on?". After fumbling through a response, Santa chalks it up to the boy as Franken being on Santa's naughty list this year.

And finally, the doe-eyed child asks Father Christmas "Can you tell me - what did Al Franken do?".

The next child asked, "Is President Trump on the naughty list?".

Thompson appears dumbfounded by the question and defers to McKinnon, who says she can't answer the question either. Our president may have said and done a few naughty things. As Thompson tries to explain Santa is apolitical, McKinnon interjects, saying: "Nineteen accusers, Google it".

"Look Jessica I'm sure we can all learn a lesson from what's going on in the news", says Santa.

"I learned that if you admit you did something wrong, you get in trouble", the little girl said.

You see the Democrats hold themselves to a higher standard than anyone else, ' he said, 'which is why they always lose'.

One little girl named Jenny said she didn't want any gifts, but that she just wants "everything to be okay". The first kid starts off by asking for toys as one might expect, but then, things get weird when he asks Santa about what's the deal with Al Franken.

"It's not really a list", says Kate McKinnon as Santa's helper Amy.

Children put Santa in the hot seat about other social issues, including kneeling football players, the GOP tax bill, opioids, the USA embassy in Israel and sexual misconduct allegations against former "Today" host Matt Lauer.

The skit also takes on football injuries, bit coin, opioids, Matt Lauer's sex toys, the Republican "trickle down" tax bill and the soaring national debt.

"Oh my goodness, OK, Jenny, Jenny, listen to me", she says. Like truly mind-bendingly insane, and we seem to have lost all perspective on what's naughty or nice'.

McKinnon continued: "But as bad as things might seem, I promise you, it will be okay". Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but in about three years and 42 days.

"No", she replies. "And in this climate can you just call me Amy?" she retorts.

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