Watch Alec Baldwin’s Stellar SNL Trump Debut

The material for the cold open, which covered the first debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, couldn’t have been easier to mine.  They hit all the expected beats: Jhina, Trump’s sniffing, Hillary’s stiffness, Sean Hannity, Alicia Machado, etc. and the writing was really solid throughout.  Mckinnon was wonderful as Hillary as usual, but Baldwin’s Trump stole the show—it’s pitch-perfect.  Vocally he’s spot on, and he absolutely nails the mannerisms, squinty scowl, and overall essence.  It was the perfect way to open the 42nd season.

 

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