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Don Cheadle Makes Potent Political Statements With ‘SNL’ Wardrobe Choices

The host wore shirts that showed support for transgender kids and mocked the president’s close relationship with Russia

Don Cheadle wears a "Protect Trans Kids" t-shirt on the set of Saturday Night Live

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Actor Don Cheadle hosted Saturday Night Live this week, and one of the stories to come out of the show was not from the sketches but from Cheadle’s wardrobe choices between skits, which he used to make powerful political statements. When introducing musical guest Gary Clark Jr. for the second time, Cheadle donned a black t-shirt with the words: “Protect trans kids” on the front.

Then, during the credits as the show wrapped, Cheadle wore a red Soviet Union hockey jersey. When he turned around to hug cast members, he revealed that the back of the jersey bore President Donald Trump’s last name with the number 45. (Trump, of course, is the 45th president.)

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Cheadle took the opportunity of having a large audience to make political statements. He has been a longtime activist in Africa ever since starring as hotel manager Paul Rusesabagina in Hotel Rwanda, a film about the Rwandan genocide, in 2004. He volunteers with the United Nations as their Global Environment Goodwill Ambassador raising awareness about climate change. And he also co-founded the non-profit organization Not On Our Watch with George Clooney, Matt Damon and Brad Pitt to bring attention to genocide in Darfur and human rights violations elsewhere in the world.

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