Michael Che calls Trump a ‘cheap cracker’ on ‘Saturday Night Live,’ sparking backlash
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Michael Che calls Trump a ‘cheap cracker’ on ‘Saturday Night Live,’ sparking backlash

From USA today

Maeve McDermott, USATODAYPublished 7:57 p.m. ET Oct. 1, 2017 | Updated 9:02 a.m. ET Oct. 2, 2017

Alec Baldwin reprised his role as President Donald Trump, Ryan Gosling was the host, and Jay-Z was the performer in the first episode of Season 43 of ‘Saturday Night Live.’ USA TODAY

Two words: “cheap cracker.”

That’s the insult going viral after Saturday Night Live‘s season premiere, courtesy of Weekend Update co-host Michael Che, who lobbed the insult at President Trump during a segment about the administration’s response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.

Colin Jost and Michael Che during ‘Weekend Update’ on ‘SNL’ in March 2017. (Photo: NBC, Will Heath, NBC)

Che began by mocking Trump’s Twitter attacks on the mayor of San Juan, Carmen Yulin Cruz, who had criticized his administration’s relief efforts to the island.

“Oh, really, Donald? You (expletive),” Che said. “Was she nasty to you? How nasty? Are you shaking?

“This isn’t that complicated, man,” Che continued, comparing Trump’s response to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma to Puerto Rico. “It’s hurricane relief and people need help. You just did this for white people — twice. Do the same thing: Go tell Melania to put on her flood heels, get some bottled water, some food, pack up some extra Atlanta Falcons Super Bowl T-shirts, and write them a check with our money, you cheap cracker.”

Social media exploded with divisive reactions to the segment, with many Twitter users agreeing with Che’s comments and declaring him the winner of the SNL premiere.

“If you’re offended by someone saying “cracker”, it’s a good indicator that you’re a (expletive) cracker,” Seth Rogen tweeted.

The Washington Post even called the clip “SNL’s Kanye West moment,” comparing it to Kanye West’s now-infamous statement during a Katrina telethon, when he announced, “George Bush doesn’t care about black people.”