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Nikki Haley Surprises Audience with ‘SNL’ Cold Open Appearance

Former UN Ambassador and Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley made a surprise appearance on NBC’s Saturday Night Live.

During the show, she took a playful jab at Donald Trump’s reluctance to debate and ongoing legal battles.

Mock Town Hall Drama Unfolds

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In a mock CNN Town Hall, Haley, playing a concerned South Carolina voter, questioned Trump, played by James Austin Johnson, about his refusal to debate her.

This elicited cheers from the audience.

Trump Mistakes Haley for Pelosi

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Trump, in a comedic mix-up, mistook Haley for Nancy Pelosi, prompting a humorous exchange during the SNL skit.

The unexpected turn added to the comedic element of the performance.

Charles Barkley Clarifies the Mix-Up

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SNL’s Charles Barkley, played by Kenan Thompson, corrected the mistaken identity, referencing Trump’s recent confusion between Haley and Pelosi.

Thompson’s correction contributed to the comedic flow of the skit.

Haley Renews Challenge to Debate

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Following the mix-up, Haley renewed her challenge to debate Trump, who has declined to participate in any GOP primary debates, citing his comfortable lead in the polls.

The challenge highlighted the ongoing dynamics between the two figures.

Cognitive Test Banter

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Haley playfully suggested Trump might need a mental competency test.

In response, Trump claimed he had aced it and made a quip about gender and running the economy.

Haley Advocates for Cognitive Tests

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Haley, a proponent of mental competency tests for those over 75, reiterated her call.

Trump, 77, responded by asserting he would beat her in a cognitive test, injecting humor into the discussion.

Legal Battles and Defamation Case

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Referencing Trump’s recent legal defeat, Haley brought up his $83.3 million defamation case payout.

She humorously offered him financial assistance, adding a light-hearted touch to the discussion.

Trump’s Mounting Legal Fees

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Highlighting Trump’s legal expenses, Haley questioned his need for funds.

She pointed out the $50 million spent on legal fees over the past year, drawing attention to a significant aspect of Trump’s post-presidential challenges.

Trump Responds with Nicknames

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In response to Haley’s financial jab, Trump, through Johnson, playfully listed nicknames for Haley.

This referenced Trump’s history of coining monikers for political opponents, adding a familiar element to the skit.

Fake Town Hall Set in South Carolina

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The SNL skit was set in Haley’s home state of South Carolina, where she seeks a boost in support following disappointments in Iowa and New Hampshire.

The setting provided a relevant backdrop for the comedic interactions.

Haley’s Civil War Controversy

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The spotlight turned to Haley when an audience member asked about the cause of the Civil War, referencing her December controversy for not mentioning slavery as its primary cause.

The question highlighted a more serious aspect of Haley’s public image.

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