In a “Weekend Update” segment for “Saturday Night Live,” Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers portrayed the characters of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. The sketch centered around the question of whether Confederate statues should be taken down in light of the violence that occurred last weekend in Charlottesville.
“Anyway, about this whole Robert E. Lee thing, I’m nothing like that guy. I created this country. He tried to tear it apart,” Fallon stated, acting as Washington. “I rebelled against England. He rebelled against America. Him — bad. Me — Founding Father. The original Dad.”
Michael Che, the host of the segment, noted that Washington owned slaves.
“The issue is that you and Robert E. Lee both owned slaves,” Che highlighted.
Fallon as Washington then pointed to Meyers and told the crowd to bear in mind that Jefferson also owned slaves.
“Whoa, you’re going to throw me under the carriage like that?” Meyers questioned, portraying Jefferson. “You’re going to make me the slave guy, really?”
Meyers then stopped and addressed the crowd.
“You have to remember, it was a different time, man. It was the ’70s, man. The 1770s,” he continued. “Look, we have all done bad things, but the difference between us and Robert E. Lee is we did good things, like I wrote the Declaration of Independence.”
“Not to be a jerk, but I won my war,” Fallon exclaimed as Washington.
“Yeah, and I’m sorry, Robert E. Lee, but I prefer generals who win wars,” Meyers said as Jefferson.
First reported by The Blaze.