SNL host Tom Hanks’ Donald Trump supporter excels at Black Jeopardy

ROME, ITALY - OCTOBER 13: Tom Hanks walks a red carpet on October 13, 2016 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Andrea Franceschini/Corbis via Getty Images)
ROME, ITALY - OCTOBER 13: Tom Hanks walks a red carpet on October 13, 2016 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Andrea Franceschini/Corbis via Getty Images) /

SNL, Tom Hanks show that your average Trump supporter might have more in common with African-Americans than one might think.

As evidenced by SNL’s debate sketches, which often quote the candidates verbatim, the 2016 presidential race will go down as one of the most divisive elections in American history. But during his time as host of the NBC sketch series last night, beloved actor Tom Hanks, recently labeled “America’s Dad,” attempted to bridge the gap, first delivering a soothing pep talk as his opening monologue where he reassured the country that everything was going to be okay, and later playing a supporter of Donald Trump during the latest “Black Jeopardy” skit that went in a different direction than some might have predicted.

Hanks played Doug, a white contestant on the game show who sported a “Make America Great Again” hat, eagle t-shirt and jean jacket while speaking in a southern accent. Host Darnell Hayes (Kenan Thompson) is skeptical of Doug’s addition, but he and contestants Keeley (Sasheer Zamata) and Shanice (Leslie Jones) quickly realize that they have much more in common with him than they would have thought thanks to his natural skepticism of corporations and government, as well of his love of “sturdy” women.

“What is, I don’t think so, that’s how they get ya,” he correctly states in response to a question about the new iPhone wanting your fingerprint for your protection. “I read that goes straight to the government.”

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Doug is also skeptical about the assertion that every vote counts. “They already decided who wins even before it happens,” he says of elections. The host agrees, stating, “The Illuminati figured that out months ago.”

He later shares his fondness for Tyler Perry’s Madea movies: “If I can laugh and pray in 90 minutes, that is money well spent.”

However, there are some bumps along the way, such as when Darnell extends his hand to Doug, causing him to instantly recoil. And then comes the final Jeopardy category: “Lives That Matter.”

“Well, it was good while it lasted, Doug,” Thompson’s Darnell laughs. “When we get back, we gonna play the national anthem just to see what the hell happens.”

Watch the entire sketch below:

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Previous iterations of “Black Jeopardy” have featured Drake struggling at the competition due to being a black Canadian, and Elizabeth Banks as a white contestant who can’t seem to catch a break. The rest of Saturday’s episode included the final debate cold open, several Halloween-themed skits, Leslie Jones addressing her hacking incident and internet trolls and Hanks reprising his role as Sully alongside Alec Baldwin.

SNL returns November 5 at 11:30 p.m. on NBC with host Benedict Cumberbatch and musical guest Solange.