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SNL brings back Tina Fey's Sarah Palin to give Trump a rousing, rhyming endorsement

Emily St. James was a senior correspondent for Vox, covering American identities. Before she joined Vox in 2014, she was the first TV editor of the A.V. Club.

Anytime Sarah Palin pops up in the general vicinity of a presidential race, two things are just about guaranteed. First, Palin will say something that becomes an internet meme for a day or two. And second, Tina Fey will pop up on Saturday Night Live that week, in character, to both quote that moment verbatim and get in a few digs at the former Alaskan governor and Republican vice presidential candidate.

Naturally, the sketch comedy series (one of the few shows still going on in a snowbound New York City) couldn't pass up the opportunity to mock Palin's endorsement of Donald Trump for the Republican nomination for president.

Thus, Fey was on hand, both to quote the real speech's most famous moment and to turn the rest of it into a weird mélange of forced rhymes and Dr. Seuss references. ("Quoth the Lorax!" Fey's Palin ends one particularly strained passage, before grinning and smiling like she's getting away with something.) You can watch it above. The whole episode is available at

It's, truth be told, not the best Palin sketch SNL has ever turned out. The conceit of Palin seeming to have ripped her speech from the pages of a rhyming dictionary is a pretty fun one, but the frequent asides from Darrell Hammond's Trump amount to little more than, "Isn't this woman crazy?" SNL's best political satire has a little teeth to it. This mostly just seems to be throwing up its hands in exasperation and confusion.

Still, there are some pretty choice lines here and there. Trump saying Palin "sounds like a greeting card from a Chinese dollar store" is great, and I also liked when he wondered if he had stumbled into a Christmas Carol sort of situation: "I'm not buying it! I'm richer than Scrooge. Ghosts love me." Finally, Palin's kiss-off about why she belongs on Trump's Cabinet is a great closer.

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