Saturday Night Live got into the Christmas spirit for its cold open this week, but the holiday cheer was quickly snuffed out by an unsettling reminder of the many disturbing headlines to come out of the past year.
All of the year's woes come back to revisit this shopping mall Santa, played by Kenan Thompson. Franken, the Democratic senator from Minnesota (and former "SNL" cast member) announced last week he would resign from Congress amid numerous allegations he inappropriately touched women.
'Is Roy Moore on your naughty list?' asked one girl, referring to the Republican Senatorial candidate's alleged abuse of two teenage girls.
"Could I get a Mega Bloks Dinosaur", says the first child.
"Oh my goodness, OK, Jenny, Jenny, listen to me", she says.
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'Because of all the brain injuries?' the kid asked.
But "most people in America are good people, and eventually good people will fix our country", McKinnon says. "What list is he on?" the precocious Tyler asks.
Other children ask about other President Donald Trump's accusers, former "Today" host Matt Lauer's sex toys, kneeling National Football League players, tax reform benefits, feminazis, opioid abuse, the Tel Aviv embassy move, Fox News coverage and bitcoin investing. She then added that some Alabamians who've told pollsters they're voting for Jones are lying, too afraid of publicly stating something along the lines of, "Yeah, I'm going to support the pedophile who likes slavery".
One girl told Thompson she didn't want any gifts at all - "I just want everything to be OK", she said.
"Our president may have said or done a few naughty things", Santa tells Jessica. "If you admit you did something wrong, you get in trouble". "But if you deny it, they let you keep your job." Oof.
At the end of the skit a girl named Jenny says all she wants for Christmas is for "everything to be OK", but Amy the elf warns that won't happen for another three years and 42 days - or when Trump is out of office. "But just in case, I'm putting all my money in bitcoin".