"Saturday Night Live" alumni Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers made a brief return Thursday evening playing George Washington and Thomas Jefferson addressing the fallout over the violence in Charlottesville, Va., that began with a protest over the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue.
Fallon's Washington appeared first in a sketch that was part of the summer edition of "Weekend Update" on NBC, hosted by Michael Che and Colin Jost, and distanced himself from the Confederate general.
"About this whole Robert E. Lee thing, I'm nothing like that guy," Fallon began. "I created this country. He tried to tear it apart. I rebelled against England. He rebelled against America. Him, bad. Me, the Founding Father, the original dad. Who'se your dady? Me! I'm out."
Washington, along with Jefferson, was brought up by President Trump this week when he warned that calls to remove Confederate-era symbols could be a slippery slope that leads to the demise of statues depicting the former presidents.
When Che pointed out that there is one thing about Washington that wasn't so great, Fallon harped on cutting down a cherry tree and his wooden teeth before finally addressing what Washington and Lee had in common: they both owned slaves.
"Right, that was bad. That was wrong," he said, before attempting to divert blame to another Founding Father and former president: Jefferson. "But if you want to talk about owning slaves you should really talk about Thomas Jefferson," he said.
That's when Meyers rolled in. "You're going to throw me under the carriage like that? You're going to make me the slave guy? Really?", he said.
After some gags about it being a "different time" ("It was the 70s, man. The 1770s."), the duo offered a defense of their accomplishments in bringing the United States into being, which they said sets them apart from Lee.
"Look, we've all done bad things, but the difference between us and Robert E. Lee is that we also did good things. Like I wrote the Declaration of Independence," Meyers said.
"Not to be a jerk, but I won my war," Fallon said.
"And I'm sorry Robert E. Lee, but I prefer generals who win wars," Meyers replied in what was a thinly veiled knock on Trump's Sen. John McCain diss during the campaign about being a POW during Vietnam.
In wrapping up the segment, Fallon and Meyers, who are both now late-night show hosts, explained why statues aren't need to commemorate Washington and Jefferson.
"Our legacy is the country that we risked our lives to create," Meyers said.
"And that is why this great nation has given us an honor greater than any statue -- a three day weekend in February during which all Americans 50 percent off all mattresses," Fallon added.
"And, I think there's a Toyota-thon that weekend too," Meyers said.