As promised, Bernie Sanders made an appearance on the Larry David-hosted episode of Saturday Night Live. However, instead of the Democratic hopeful simply acting as himself alongside David’s perfect impression of the Vermont senator, Sanders was pulled into a sketch that highlighted his views on democratic socialism and the 1-percent.
The sketch opens up with David and the cast of SNL aboard an “olden times” sinking steam ship. David’s selfish, rich character questions why he must wait for women and children to board lifeboats first, then uses his wealth card to force his way off the ship. “Technically, my life is worth more than all of yours put together,” the character says. “So if it’s all the same to you, I’m going to pop down in that lifeboat.” And on that cue, Sanders – or “Bernie Sanderswitzski” – appears as the voice of reason.
“I am so sick of the 1-percent getting this preferential treatment. Enough is enough,” Sanders says. “We need to unite and work together if we’re all going to get through this.” “Sounds like socialism to me,” David fires back. “Democratic socialism,” Sanders clarifies. David asks, “What’s the difference?” “Huge difference,” Sanders responds, a nod to both Donald Trump and Curb Your Enthusiasm.
Despite bonding through the traumatic situation, when it’s discovered that the ship crashed on Liberty Island, David’s character quickly turns down an offer to share a cab with Sanderswitzski.