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By Wenhao Ma
Republican candidate Donald Trump hosted Saturday Night Live on November 7. Not surprisingly, his monologue and skits received almost equal amount of likes and dislikes on Youtube. As one of the most controversial host for the show, Trump is definitely not the only politician to star on SNL.
Here are nine appearances made by political figures on SNL:
1. Ralph Nader
The first time that former Democrat Ralph Nader hosted SNL was back in 1977. No footage of him on the show could be found online, but he did return to the show in 2000 in a skit with the show’s then-host Rob Lowe.
2. Ed Koch
Ed Koch, who was New York City’s mayor at the time, opened up the episode on May 14, 1983. He thanked the Federal Communications Commission for loosening regulations, so he was able to talk about his opinions on President Ronald Reagan and compare their life differences.
3. George McGovern
Right after losing the Democratic presidential nomination, former Senator George McGovern hosted SNL on April 14, 1984. In response audience’s applause, McGovern said, “Where were you last month on Super Tuesday?”
4. Reverend Jesse Jackson
Jesse Jackson, a Democratic presidential candidate at the time, hosted the show on October 20, 1984. He talked about the diversity at SNL, which still seems like an issue today.
5. Steve Forbes
Business tycoon Steve Forbes, who has just quit from the Republican primaries, appeared in an episode on April 13, 1996. He cracked jokes about his presidential campaign, taxes and how “down to earth” he was.
6. Rudy Giuliani
New York mayors seem to enjoy hosting SNL. On November 22, 1997, another NYC mayor, Rudy Giuliani, appeared on the stage, bragging about how safe NYC has become under his administration.
7. John McCain
Republican Senator John McCain learned a few tips about how to be a comedian from Venezuelan nightclub comedian Fericito. McCain was also the first sitting senator that ever hosted the show.
8. Al Gore
During his monologue on SNL in 2002, former presidential candidate Al Gore, alongside other cast members of the show, demonstrated how he picked his running mate for the 2000 presidential campaign. When he was invited to the show in 2006, he played as U.S. President Al Gore in a parallel universe.
9. Donald Trump
Last week was the second time that Donald Trump hosted SNL. He was first invited to host the show back in 2004. This was before he switched from the Democratic party to the GOP. Many things has changed during those 11 years, but what hasn’t changed is Trump’s narcissism.