Ever since the bizarre spectacle that was last Sunday’s presidential debate, TV viewers have been wondering how “Saturday Night Live” would be handling the undeniable weirdness.
That question was answered in the cold open of last night’s show, with Kate McKinnon honing in on Hillary Clinton’s steely awkwardness while Alec Baldwin continues to perfect his scowling Donald Trump impression in what was jokingly described as “the second and worst-ever presidential debate.”
The cold open also took a shot at insta-celebrity Ken Bone, the red sweater-wearing guy whose debate question made him the man of the moment — until some creepy Reddit posts surfaced that made everyone go, “Ewww.”
Mocking Trump’s strange habit of positioning himself right behind Clinton during the town hall debate, Baldwin’s Trump snuck up on Clinton like a shark as the theme from “Jaws” played, while Baldwin’s Trump offered up the perfect defense to the multiple accusations of sexual misconduct flung at him this week by insisting that Bill Clinton’s accusers be given a voice; his accusers, on the other hand, “need to shut the hell up.”
Baldwin’s Trump also declared that he loves kids, albeit in a totally creepy way: “I love the kids, OK? I love them so much I marry them.”
McKinnon’s Clinton then breaks down in tears when faced with the women who accused her husband, only to turn the tables. “Get real,” she yelled. “I’m made of steel. This is nothing. Hi girls!”
So what does Trump think of Baldwin’s over-the-top portrayal of him? As expected, he’s not a fan, taking to Twitter to blast the show’s “hit job” on him, while also accusing “SNL” of being part of the vast media conspiracy against him. “Time to retire the boring and unfunny show,” tweeted Trump. “Alec Baldwin portrayal stinks. Media rigging election!”
Expect next week’s show to tackle the third and final debate (to be held on Wednesday, Oct. 19) when “Saturday Night Live” returns on Saturday, Oct. 22 at 11:35 p.m. ET/PT on Global; you can also watch full episodes online.