Saturday night live This week delivered its best premiere in quite some time, with a comedic look at what the GOP’s most boot-licking politicians might really think about Donald Trump.

After Trump’s big victory in South Carolina, Jim Risch (Mikey Day), Marco Rubio (Marcello Hernandez), Lindsey Graham (James Austin Johnson) and Tim Scott (Devon Walker) gathered for cocktails, fries, and an awkward conversation about their feared leader.

Risch opened the door to some potential profanity from Trump when he admitted, “Sometimes I don’t know what my party is doing. I mean, I’ve been pushing for funding Ukraine for the last six months. It is essential to American security. And Trump just killed him with a phone call. The man doesn’t care about this country one bit. Sometimes I think he is downright dangerous.”

“And you just endorsed it, right?” Rubio asked.

“Yes. Big time. big moment“Risch assured him. “He’s fine.”

Rubio found it hard to disagree with that assessment, and even harder to forget the infamous “Little Marco” nickname that still haunts the Florida senator to this day.

“I’ve never been able to shake it off,” Rubio said. “People still yell at me in airports. “In a way it made my life hell.”

“And you backed him up, right?” Risch asked.

You probably know where this is going.

Risch and Rubio were soon joined by Graham and Scott, two more Republicans whose lives have been made more hellish by knowing Trump. But like their colleagues in Idaho and Florida, they too seemed trapped in a kind of Stockholm syndrome where even Trump’s worst qualities are somehow praiseworthy.

When Scott was asked about the embarrassing Fox News town hall he participated in with Trump last week, the South Carolina senator assured everyone that he had the upper hand the entire time.

“(Trump) didn’t make me say I hate (Nikki Haley),” Scott explained. “He said, ‘You must really hate her, you know?’ But you all saw what I did, right? I walked up to the microphone and said, ‘No, I just love you.'”

“You showed him,” Graham assured his colleague, before reminding his fellow senators of the time Trump deceived him. “Yes, back in 2015. He gave my personal cell phone number in his speech to all of his followers (and) made thousands of his people call me and yell at me, threatening my life. I had to get a new phone!

Risch was able to improve that story by telling everyone that “one of the January 6 rioters… sorry, one of the January 6 rioters.” tourists—I pooped on the floor of my office.

Despite almost admitting that they were terrified of going against Trump (“sometimes I think his butt is going to live 1,000 years,” said a visibly upset Graham)—and the shared shame they have faced serving him—they all agreed on that Trump is a great man. And, according to Graham, he is possibly even “the best president since Reagan.”

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By Sam