This article originally appeared on People. Michael Che wasn’t afraid to start off season 43 of Saturday Night Live with a big political statement.
During Weekend Update, Che, 34, slammed Donald Trump for the perceived slow federal response and alleged mishandling hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico, calling the presidenta “bitch” and a “cheap cracker.”
After reading Trump’s tweet accusing Puerto Rico mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz of being “nasty” to him because Democrats told her to, Che said “Oh really, Donald? You bitch. Was she nasty to you? How nasty? Are you shaking?”
“This isn’t that complicated, man. It’s is hurricane relief. These people need help. You just did this for white people twice,” Che said, referencing Trump’s relief efforts for Florida and Houston residents. “Do the same thing. Go tell Melania to put on her flood heels, get some bottled water, some food, pack up some extra Atlanta Falcons Super Bowl t-shirts and write them a check with our money, you cheap cracker.”
“In one month you’ve mishandled Puerto Rico, DACA, the NFL — it’s like whenever anybody darker than your golf pants has a problem, you’re thinking, ‘How can I make this worse?’ ” he continued.
But not everybody was happy with what they heard. As one critic put it, “Hey @NBC, last night’s racist rant by Michael Che was way over the line, repulsive, unfunny. #SNL totally tiresome. After 40 yrs. I’m done.”
Che’s comments weren’t the only jabs SNL directed Trump’s way.
In the episode’s cold open, Alec Baldwin returned to reprise his portrayal of the president, and poked fun at many of Trump’s recent actions, including his comments to San Juan Mayor Cruz, attacks on the NFL, and the administration’s rash of resignations since January.