Moderators took over the start of Saturday Night Live’s debate parody “cold open” saying, “Welcome the second, and ‘Worst Debate Ever Presidential Debate.'” Then both moderators took a shot and said, “Let’s get this over with.” Both ‘candidates’ walked out, and began literally circling each other on stage, looking for the kill as Carmina Buerana’s dramatic drums beat, until they denied each other a handshake.
Alec Baldwin reprised his role as Donald Trump, and the show’s writers definitely noticed that the real Trump spent an entire debate stalking Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton all over the stage. Baldwin nimbly danced around the stage to the ominous movie theme music of “Jaws,” before going in for the bite, saying – naturally! – “WRONG” as he rushed the camera.
This skit hit all of the high notes. It highlighted Hillary Clinton’s steely resolve and quiet determination while her Republican nominee self-destructed. Kate McKinnon even flipped the last question from complimenting Trump’s children to complimenting his generosity, for handing her the election! SNL also highlighted Trump’s completely missed connection with the African-American questioner who asked if he could be, “President for all of the people,” and completely nailed it when Baldwin as Trump said, “She is trying to silence these women, they need to be respected, they need to have their voices heearrrd.” SNL’s moderator responded, “What about all of the women accusing you of sexual assault?” Baldwin’s Trump shot back, “They need to shut the hell up!”
Baldwin ended the skit by repeating the real Donald Trump’s epic freudian slip and telling rabid Trump supporters to get out and vote on November 35th!
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Grant Stern is the Executive Editor of Occupy Democrats and published author. His new Meet the Candidates 2020 book series is distributed by Simon and Schuster. He's also mortgage broker, community activist and radio personality in Miami, Florida., as well as the producer of the Dworkin Report podcast. Grant is also an occasional contributor to Raw Story, Alternet, and the DC Report, and a senior advisor to the Democratic Coalition