Alec Baldwin and Kate McKinnon broke character on ‘SNL’ last night: “This election has been so mean”
Last night marked the last episode of Saturday Night Live before the presidential election on Tuesday. Naturally, Alec Baldwin and Kate McKinnon opened the show as Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, respectively, to give a last minute presidential pitch to Cecily Strong’s Erin Burnett. While the cold open began normally, Baldwin and McKinnon broke character to lament on the state of the election.
Burnett began by remarking on the tightening of the race, much to Clinton’s chagrin, before jumping into the topic that’s been plaguing the Clinton campaign for the last week: FBI Director James Comey’s letter to congress.
Check out the sketch below:
The sketch poked fun at the lingering questions on Clinton’s emails, while Trump seems to make it through scandals largely unscathed.
While Clinton answered questions about emails, Trump kissed a member of the FBI, the KKK, and Vladmir Putin, all while claiming to not know them. Additionally, Trump learned that Twitter was not private and the world could see his tweets. He joked that people must really hate Clinton if they’ll vote for him despite seeing his tweets.
After Burnett refused to devote any time to Trump kissing the FBI, KKK, and Putin, Clinton gave an impassioned statement on the state of the race,
“Has the whole world gone crazy? Donald Trump has single handedly destroyed everything we Americans hold dear. Kindness. Decency. Tic Tacs. Skittles. Taco Bowls. Father-daughter dances. Buses. Bright red hats. The word ‘great.’ The color orange. Men.
Trump armed himself for a biting attack on Clinton,
“Okay, Erin, here’s the bottom line. Hillary Clinton is the most corrupt person to ever run for president. She’s a liar. She’s a crook and frankly she should be in jail and when I’m elected president, I will assign as special prosecutor to make sure that she never…
Baldwin trailed off, unable to continue to spew hateful comments towards McKinnon’s Clinton.
“I’m sorry Kate, Baldwin said. “I just hate yelling all this stuff at you like this.
“Yeah, I know, right? This whole election has been so mean, McKinnon replied.
I just feel gross all the time. Don’t you all feel gross all the time about this, Baldwin asked the audience?
The two then fled studio 8-H and went to Times Square, where, still dressed as their characters, spread some love. McKinnon hugged Trump supporters and Baldwin hugged families of color. By the end of the sketch, they had unified Times Square and hopefully the rest of America.
We’re finally at the end of this horribly frustrating, nasty election and this sketch was such an amazing way to end it.