Saturday Night Live premiered the first episode of its forty-second season on October 1. The episode’s focus was mainly political, bringing actor Alec Baldwin on as Donald Trump. This meant for Darrell Hammond, SNL veteran, a switch from playing Trump to playing Bill Clinton. Additionally, Kate McKinnon returned to her role as Hillary Clinton, for which she recently won an Emmy.
As The New York Daily News reports, Alec Baldwin and Kate McKinnon went toe to toe on the Saturday Night Live premier in a skit recapping, and of course poking fun at, last week’s presidential debate between Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her opponent, Donald Trump. Baldwin, as Trump, promised to be “so calm and so presidential,” even saying viewers would “cream [their] jeans.”
Baldwin’s performance covered a number of Trump’s less-than-presidential remarks, including his view on the war in Iraq and his body shaming of Alicia Machado, winner of the Miss Universe pageant. In Baldwin’s portrayal, Trump recounts a tale in which he told Sean Hannity, in whisper, he was against the Iraq War. Hannity agreed with that stance, and then Trump and Hannity shared a kiss.
Kate McKinnon, playing Hillary Clinton, went after Baldwin as Trump for refusing to release his tax returns. According to McKinnon’s Clinton, “He’s either not that rich, not that charitable or he’s never paid taxes.” A more timely mention of Donald Trump’s formerly mysterious tax returns could not have been made. About an hour before Baldwin’s portrayal of Trump on SNL, the real Trump’s tax returns were revealed. They exposed Trump’s massive 1995 loss: $916 million.
Baldwin’s Trump, like the Donald himself, called attention to the supposed microphone malfunction he experienced during the debate against Secretary Clinton. Alec Baldwin’s Trump placed the blame for his haywire microphone on Secretary Clinton and President Obama. He claims the two took his microphone to Kenya and broke it.
Letting Baldwin’s talkative Trump destroy his own reputation, McKinnon’s confident Secretary Clinton remarks, “I think I’m going to be president.”
Also on this weekend’s Saturday Night Live premier, Larry David portrayed former candidate Senator Bernie Sanders. During the sketch, a political Family Feud skit, David’s Sanders referred to Clinton as the 2016 election’s “prune juice.” As he explains, “She might not seem that appetizing, but if you don’t take her now, you’re going to be clogged with crap for a very long time.”
Actress Margot Robbie, host of the episode, starred in the Family Feud sketch with Larry David. She portrayed Donald Trump’s daughter, Ivanka Trump.
SNL’s beloved Weekend Update segment was not without its own share of political humor. Colin Jost compared the candidates to cell phones, describing Hillary Clinton as the safer option, the iPhone 7. He deemed Donald Trump the Samsung Galaxy, which “could explode at any minute.”
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By Grayson Turner
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