The “Saturday Night Live” cold open skewered Ted Cruz’s humiliating about-face to Tucker Carlson after calling Jan. 6 rioters “terrorists” — with Aidy Bryant’s Cruz begging Donald Trump: “Hit me, choke me, spit in my face. I just want to stay in the mix.”
“Donald, if you’re watching, I love you, baby,” Bryant said. “You are the king. Honestly, hit me.”
“Ingraham” took the opportunity to trash Joe Biden’s first year in office.
“Can we all admit it’s a disaster?” she asked her viewers. “Inflation’s out of control, gas is at $19 a gallon and the green M&M has been canceled just for being a whore!”
She also took a second to pitch her few remaining sponsors, like “COVID Negs.” It’s the “COVID test that’s guaranteed to be negative, even if you have it,” she explained. “COVID Negs: I’m going to your wedding.”
Then she introduced the “svelte, muscular, 230-pound gorilla in the room,” James Austin Johnson’s Trump.
“I’m back, just like ‘Tiger King 2,’” he said. “You had fun the first time, and now you’re like: ‘How are more people from this not in jail yet?’”
Then he was off on “Wordle.”
Check it out in the clip above.