U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster — crime fighter?
NBC late-night sketch comedy series “Saturday Night Live” honored the women of the 116th Congress — which includes the most elected women in the country’s history — this week with a skit inspired by “Charlie’s Angels.”
The skit begins with a narrator’s voice saying, “Once upon a time there were women. Then there were fed-up women, then they became congresswomen.”
“They fight crime, they right wrongs, they wear white but they’re not all white, and we love them. They’re the women of Congress,” the narrator says, ahead of a parade of actresses portraying various congresswomen in action poses, including U.S. Rep. Annie “Raise the Roof” Kuster, D-NH, portrayed by “Saturday Night Live” cast member Aidy Bryant.
The nickname references Kuster’s performance during President Donald Trump’s “State of the Union” address last week, when she was shown on camera “raising the roof” — a popular 1990s dance move — while sitting in the middle of a delegation of House Democratic women all dressed in white to honor the women’s suffragette movement.
Kuster’s gesture went viral on social media and was replayed over and over on cable news shows.
During the “Saturday Night Live” sketch, every female member of the cast, along with host singer-songwriter Halsey, played a senator or congresswoman.
Along with Kuster, other female members of Congress depicted in the skit included:
• Nancy “Madame Clap Back” Pelosi, shown riding a jet-ski;
• Alexandria “I Say What I Meme” Ocasio-Cortez;
• Maxine “Don’t Go Chasing” Waters;
• Kristen “Kooky Arizona Lady” Sinema;
• Ilhan “Get the Hi-Job Done” Omar;
• Abigail “Say My Name, Say My Name” Spanberger;
On Sunday, Kuster said she was “surprised” to be featured on ‘SNL.’
“It’s great to see the record number of women in Congress gaining national attention,” said Kuster. “I was certainly surprised to find myself featured on such an iconic program as Saturday Night Live. Wearing white to honor the suffragettes at the State of the Union was a powerful visual message but I didn’t imagine that my excitement would end up on SNL.”
At the end of the skit the women are shown in an office listening to a message from Trump congratulating them and boasting that since he became President, more women have been elected to Congress than ever before — a statement that angered the women, who believe he is trying to take credit for their work.