Saturday Night Live opened with what was likely (and sadly) the final debate between Alec Baldwin’s Donald Trump and Kate McKinnon’s Hillary Clinton. For the occasion, host Tom Hanks joined the fun in the role of debate moderator Chris Wallace.
“Welcome to the third and final presidential debate,” Hanks’ Wallace said. “Tonight is going to be a lot like the third Lord of the Rings movie: You don’t really want to watch, but you’ve come this far.”
In the sketch, Baldwin played up Trump’s attempt to restrain his intensity and gloominess during the debate, only to scream “They’re ripping babies out of vaginas!” in response to the first question about birth control.
On the subject of immigration, Baldwin’s response mirrored Trump’s actual debate night answer right down to the instantly viral “bad hombres” quip, which allowed “Clinton” to complete here Trump Bingo card of repugnant things the Republican nominee has said on the campaign trail.
The cold open mocked Hillary’s refusal to answer any questions about her leaked emails – “Clinton” instead expertly pivots to a question about Trump’s treatment of women – and the worldwide round of laughter that followed Trump’s proclamation that “Nobody has more respect for women than I do.”
“Settle down, entire planet, settle down,” Hanks’ Wallace said.
Baldwin also poked fun at the midweek controversy that cropped up when his brother Stephen, a Trump supporter, criticized his harsh portrayal of the candidate. “Well, he’s got the voice down. I think it’s getting a little too nasty right now. I don’t want to be party-pooper here, but I don’t think it’s very funny,” Stephen Baldwin told a Las Vegas news broadcast earlier in the week.
On SNL, older brother Alec playfully responded: “I’m the one with all the heavy hitters supporting me. I have the cream of the crop. I have Sarah Palin, I’ve got Chachi, and get this, I even got the best Baldwin brother, Stephen Baldwin.”
The cold open also relived Trump’s refusal to accept the results of the election if he were to lose. He then once again blasted the media for “rigging” the election. When “Wallace” asked how the mainstream media rigged the election, “Trump” said, “By taking all of the things I say and all of the things I do and putting them on TV.”
“Listen America, Donald Trump can not be president. He would be a disaster, a failure, a complete F,” McKinnon’s Clinton said in her closing argument. “And America, you deserve better than an F. So on November 8th, vote for me, and I promise I will be a stone cold B.”
“And then on November 9th, remember to check out Trump TV. You’re gonna hate it,” Baldwin’s Trump retorted.