This weekend’s episode of “Saturday Night Live” featured a short bit in which comedian Michael Che mocked President Joe Biden for essentially being brain-damaged.
Playing himself on SNL’s “Weekend Update,” Che excused Biden’s decision to force railway workers to accept a labor deal that doesn’t include paid sick leave by suggesting that the president himself works everyday despite being brain-damaged.
“President Biden signed a measure that would force railway workers to accept a deal that averts a strike but does not include paid sick leave. How do you expect Biden to care about sick leave when he shows up to work every day with full blown CTE,” the comedian said.
CTE is short for chronic traumatic encephalopathy, which, according to the Mayo Clinic, “is the term used to describe brain degeneration likely caused by repeated head traumas.” In other words, it references someone with extensive brain damage.
While Che was joking, the president does frequently act in ways that suggest he’s brain-damaged or, at the very least, extremely old and possibly suffering from dementia. He stumbles over his words, loses his train of thought, gaffes, and more.
As for the rail situation, railroad workers have been threatening to strike unless certain demands are met, including a demand for more paid sick days.
But instead of continuing to negotiate a deal with the workers, the president decided to supersede the labor unions’ authority and demand that Congress use its power to unilaterally push through a deal itself to avoid a rail shutdown.
“I am calling on Congress to pass legislation immediately to adopt the tentative agreement between railroad workers and operators – without any modifications or delay – to avert a potentially crippling national rail shutdown,” Biden said last Monday.
“As a proud pro-labor President, I am reluctant to override the ratification procedures and the views of those who voted against the agreement. But in this case – where the economic impact of a shutdown would hurt millions of other working people and families – I believe Congress must use its powers to adopt this deal,” he added.
The statement sparked massive backlash because the deal in mind didn’t include enough paid sick days.
Last night, the “most pro-labor president in American history” asked Congress to intervene and impose a deal on American rail workers many have already rejected. The rhetorical gymnastics in the White House’s statement really must be seen to be believed. https://t.co/eOhjl7TXL0 pic.twitter.com/C7YkirGu7b
— Luke Savage (@LukewSavage) November 29, 2022
Some of the backlash came from the Railroad Workers United (RWU) union.
“Joe Biden blew it. He had the opportunity to prove his labor-friendly pedigree to millions of workers by simply asking Congress for legislation to end the threat of a national strike on terms more favorable to workers,” RWU treasurer Hugh Sawyer said in a statement.
“Sadly, he could not bring himself to advocate for a lousy handful of sick days. The Democrats and Republicans are both pawns of big business and the corporations,” he added.
Yet despite this loud backlash, all four congressional leaders — Democrats Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, AND Republicans Kevin McCarthy and Mitch McConnell — agreed to move forward with the president’s preferred deal.
“Legislation to avert what could have been an economically ruinous freight rail strike won final approval in Congress on Thursday as lawmakers responded quickly to President Joe Biden’s call for federal intervention in a long-running labor dispute,” Fortune magazine reported.
“The Senate passed a bill to bind rail companies and workers to a proposed settlement that was reached between the rail companies and union leaders in September. That settlement had been rejected by four of the 12 unions involved, creating the possibility of a strike beginning Dec. 9,” according to the magazine.
The president subsequently signed the forced deal on Friday:
Happening now: President Biden delivers remarks and signs a law providing a resolution to avert a nationwide rail shutdown. https://t.co/GoqUxrnef7
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) December 2, 2022
And then a day later, SNL called him brain-damaged. Bad dum tsh.
“Saturday Night Live” also mocked Georgia Senate candidate Herschel Walker.
“‘SNL’ opened with a segment about Herschel Walker’s Georgia runoff Senate race, with Kenan Thompson reprising his role as the Republican candidate. … Walker was cartoonishly depicted, misinterpreting or misunderstanding most things,” as reported by Fox News.
For instance, when several top GOP leaders started speaking to Thompson’s characterization of Walker about the upcoming run-off race, he said, “Oh well, I’m good at those: My ex-wife said all I do is run off.”
And when responding to concerns about counting vote-by-mail ballots, he said, “You got to remember, they still got to count votes by female.”
Responding to a comment about the runoff election, he said: “Oh well I’m good at those, my ex-wife said all I do is run off.”
Lastly, SNL mocked rapper Ye, who’s currently under fire for a series of anti-Semitic remarks he’s made in recent weeks.
During the “Weekend Update” segment, Che’s co-host, Colin Jost, said, “At this point, I don’t think Kanye is off his meds so much as he’s immune to them. We’re basically dealing with the omicron variant of Kanye. We thought he would fade away, but now we realize we may have to deal with the brain fog of long haul Kanye.”
Jost also asked, “If Jews do control the media, how are we still seeing a new interview with Kanye every day?”
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