Nikki Haley in surprise Saturday Night Live cameo | allsaxmusic

Republican presidential candidate former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley delivers remarks at her primary night rally at the Grappone Conference Center on January 23, 2024 in Concord, New Hampshire. 

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Nikki Haley made a surprise — and funny — appearance on « Saturday Night Live, » where she asked a cast member playing her Republican presidential primary opponent Donald Trump a series of zingers in the cold open.

A beaming Haley also delivered the NBC show’s signature line, « Live from New York, it’s Saturday night! » at the end of the skit after the show’s guest host, Ayo Edeberi, delivered a sharp joke that referenced Haley’s famously flubbed answer when she was recently asked about the cause of the Civil War.

The live audience let out a whoop when Haley stood up on stage and began asking « Trump, » played by James Austin Johnson, questions at a faux CNN town hall in South Carolina after other people in the audience had their turn.

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When « Trump » told Haley he was going to beat her in her home state of South Carolina in its upcoming primary, the former United Nations ambassador shot back, « And did you win your home state in the last election? »

« Trump » replied, « I won Staten Island! »

« And the parts of Long Island where they get into fist fights, » said Trump, who lost his home state of New York in both the 2016 and 2020 elections.

Haley also cracked that « Trump » had spent $50 million in legal fees on his various criminal and civil cases.

« Do you need to borrow money? » she asked.

But then it was Haley’s turn to be the target of a pointed jibe when Edeberi stood up and asked her a question.

I was just curious, what would you say was the main cause of the Civil War, um, ansd do you think it starts with an ‘s’ and ends with a ‘lavery?’  » Edeberi asked.

Haley replied, « Yep, I probably should have said that the first time. »

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By Liam