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Watch SNL confront that ridiculous rumor about Elizabeth Warren and the young Marine in the best way

Editor’s Note: This article by James Barber originally appeared onMilitary.com, a leading source of news for the military and veteran community.

We really did want to ignore the sleazy rumor about Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s alleged BDSM romp with a Marine Corps veteran, but then Saturday Night Live did an extended bit on its ‘Weekend Update’ and the story has surfaced for everyone to experience.

Kate McKinnon has been playing Warren on the show, and she nails the folksiness that generates such devotion from the senator’s fans and so annoys her detractors.

Warren’s campaign raised $24.6 million in the third quarter, and that news allegedly inspired the skit. What the writers were really interested in is the widely discredited story that Warren hired a Marine veteran for a bondage-fueled motel tryst.

Some complicated background: Political operatives Jacob Wohl and Jack Burkman held a press conference last week, where they introduced America to Kelvin Whelly, a Marine veteran who claimed that Warren had hired him for a kinky sexual encounter at a Woburn, Massachusetts, Hilton Hotel.

The former lance corporal served with an infantry unit in Hawaii as a machine gunner and claimed that he was a combat veteran, saying he deployed to Afghanistan in 2012 with 1st Battalion, 3rd Marines. Now, the Corps is telling Newsweek that Whelly did not deploy to Afghanistan.

Wohl and Burkman also claimed that the 24-year-old Whelly had met up with Warren while he was employed by the (real) gigolo agency Cowboys 4 Angels. C4A told Rolling Stone that Whelly had never even applied for a job there and, anyway, he was “not up to caliber to work at our agency.”

OK, there’s the background. I’m going to shower while everyone checks out the video.

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