However, the sketch made sure to shoehorn in some timely jokes about the diagnosis, beginning with moderator Chris Wallace (Beck Bennett) asking Trump if he'd taken his COVID-19 test, to which Trump promised he had while crossing his fingers.
Toward the end of the debate sketch, Biden addressed the American people directly and said he believed in things like "science and karma."
"Just imagine if science and karma could somehow team up and send us all a message about how dangerous this virus can be," Carrey's Biden said, before giving a meaningful look at Trump. "I'm not saying I want it to happen, but just imagine if it did!"
"President Trump's in the hospital from COVID, and you know, I just want to say, my heart goes out to COVID," Rock quipped.
"This news was a lot for us to process a day before we came back on the air after four months off," anchor Colin Jost deadpanned. "And it all happened so fast. I woke up yesterday and heard the president had mild symptoms. Then four hours later, he was getting medevaced to a hospital in what looked like the last chopper out of Vietnam."
"I have to say, it's a bad sign for America that when Trump said he tested positive for a virus, 60 percent of people were like, 'Prove it!'" Jost added. "It's been very weird to see all these people who clearly hate Trump come out and say, 'We wish him well.' I think a lot of them are just guilty that their first wish came true."
"While in the hospital the president isn't allowed to see any guests," anchor Michael Che added. "But he is expected to be visited by three ghosts."
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