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Surprise Guest at SNL’s Cold Open

This week’s SNL cold open featured a surprise guest: Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley. The sketch poked fun at Donald Trump’s South Carolina Town Hall, with James Austin Johnson reprising his impression of the former president.

Haley’s Question to Trump

At the end of the sketch, Haley (posing as a South Carolina voter) stood up and asked, “Why won’t you debate Nikki Haley?” Johnson’s Trump replied, “Oh my god, it’s her, the woman who was in charge of security on Jan. 6. It’s Nancy Pelosi.”

Edebiri’s Question to Haley

Then, this week’s Saturday Night Live host Ayo Edebiri asked Haley a question: “What would you say was the main cause of the Civil War and do you think it starts with an ‘s’ and ends with a ‘lavery’?”

Haley’s Response

The question was an opportunity for a do-over. In December of last year, Haley said the cause of the Civil War was “the role of government.” Responding to Edebiri, Haley said, “Yep and I probably should have said that the first time.”