Nikki Haley makes surprise appearance on SNL, pokes fun at Donald Trump and Joe Biden: NPR

The Republican presidential candidate is a former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley speaks at a campaign event Thursday, Feb. 1, 2024, in Columbia, S.C.

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The Republican presidential candidate is a former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley speaks at a campaign event Thursday, Feb. 1, 2024, in Columbia, S.C.

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Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley made a cameo appearance on NBC's “Saturday Night Live” comedy show, poking fun at Donald Trump about his age and mental capacity.

The former South Carolina governor has been campaigning ahead of his home state's Republican primary later this month, trying to close the gap in the polls between himself and former President Trump.

Haley appeared in a mock “CNN Town Hall” comedy sketch where “Trump,” played by actor James Austin Johnson, was asked questions by the audience.

In an unannounced appearance, Haley is introduced halfway through the sketch as “someone who describes himself as a concerned South Carolina voter.” Haley then asked: “My question is, why don't you discuss Nikki Haley?”.

The fake “Trump” responded, “Oh, my God, it's her! The woman who was in charge of security on January 6th…Nancy Pelosi!”, a nod to Trump's recent confusion over Pelosi and Haley.

“Are you okay, Donald? You might need a mental capacity test,” Haley said. Haley has positioned herself as a younger, more capable alternative to both former President Donald Trump and Democratic front-runner President Joe Biden.

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“Trump” told Haley that he “passed” the fitness test, saying, “They told me I was 100% mentally healthy and that I was competent because I'm a man.”

She added that women “should never run our economy. Women are terrible with money… In fact, a woman I know recently asked me for $83 million.” A New York civil jury recently found writer E. Jean Carroll was awarded $83 million in damages by Trump after the former president sued her for defamation after she claimed Carroll had sexually assaulted her.

Then a joke about the movie The Six Senses led to “Trump” saying “I see dead people.” Hayley replied: “Yes, voters will say that if they see you and Joe [Biden] on the ballot.”

Haley also came under guest host Ayo Edebiri's barb for avoiding the former South Carolina governor's claim that slavery was the cause of the Civil War.

“I was curious, what would you say is the main cause of the Civil War, do you think it starts with 's' and ends with 'toilet?'” comedian Edebiri asked. Haley replied, “Yeah, I probably should have said that the first time.”

At a New Hampshire town hall in December, Haley was asked what caused the Civil War. She avoided saying “slavery” and instead replied that it was “about the freedoms of what people can and can't do.”

Haley also delivered the NBC show's signature line, “Live from New York, it's Saturday night!” At the end of the skit.

“Had a blast on SNL tonight,” Haley tweeted after her appearance.

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“Just know it's past Donald's bedtime, so expect an influx of tweets in the morning”

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