Just as it did a week ago, in its latest episode, "Saturday Night Live" mocked the third and final debate between presidential rivals Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, having found that niche particularly delightful to advertisers and audiences. “Welcome to the third and final presidential debate,” Tom Hanks, playing moderator Chris Wallace, said. “Tonight, it’s going to be a lot like the third ‘Lord of the Rings’ movie. You don’t really want to watch, but, hey, you’ve come this far.”
As has become a recent tradition, Alec Baldwin and "SNL" cast member Kate McKinnon impersonated Trump and Clinton, highlighting the key quirks of their demeanor. "I'm going to start this debate in the quietest voice possible," said Baldwin's Trump, in a nod to the GOP candidate's initial subdued tone during the debate. "In the past I have been big and loud, but tonight I am a sweet little baby Trump."
"Trump's" tone soon changed, when he was asked about reproductive rights. Baldwin yelled, "They are ripping babies out of vaginas!" McKinnon's Clinton was visibly shocked, and responded, "Listen, Chris, I'm glad you raised this topic because what two better people are there to talk about women's issues? Me, a woman who has had a child and has taken birth control, and him, a man who is a child and whose face is birth control."
As has been the recurring case, "Trump" provided the majority of the jokes and punchlines, this time focusing on Trump's remarks about the election being rigged and not conceding if Clinton wins. "It has become very clear that you are probably going to loose," Hanks' Wallace says to Baldwin's Trump, who responds, "correct."
He is then asked if he will accept the election's results. "I will look at it at the time," says Baldwin. "Because quite frankly, this whole thing is rigged. Even the media. Every day I turn on the news and all of the newscasters are making me look so bad ... By taking all of the things I say and all of the things I do and putting them on TV."
Trump was also mocked on the topic of immigration. "Let’s talk immigration. Mr. Trump, why are your immigration policies better than Secretary Clinton’s?” Hanks asked Alec Baldwin, playing GOP nominee Donald Trump. “Because she wants open borders, and that is crazy. I mean, people are just pouring into this country from Mexico. And a lot of them are very bad hombres,” Baldwin responded. “Oh, uh…bingo!” Kate McKinnon’s Hillary Clinton responds, pulling out an oversized “Trump Bingo” card. “I got bingo!” she says, listing off boxes in a diagonal row that read “Bad hombres,” “Rapists, “Miss Piggy,” “They’re all living in hell” and “If she wasn’t my daughter.”
Unlike one week ago, Trump has so far refrained from slamming SNL on Twitter as he did last Sunday, a comment which, as expected, reverberated with the media who accused him of not having a sense of humor. He appears to be learning not to give the media the ammunition which they immediately after shoot him with.
Watched Saturday Night Live hit job on me.Time to retire the boring and unfunny show. Alec Baldwin portrayal stinks. Media rigging election!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 16, 2016
Anyone who missed the show, can watch the full "debate" below.
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And In a bonus twist for Hillary fans, SNL also used Tom Hanks to portray a redneck supporter of during a skit on "Saturday Night Live." "Doug," a contestant on the game show "Black Jeopardy," sports a signature "Make America Great Again" hat. Hanks's character, a conspiracy theorist, distrusts the electoral system.
"They out here saying that every vote counts," one of the questions in the game reads. "What is, 'C'mon, they already decided who wins, even before it happens,'" answers Hanks, who said earlier this month that he was "offended as a man" by Trump's lewd talk in a leaked audio tape. During the segment, Hanks's character begins to form a bond with the other contestants and the host of the game. But at the end of the game, the host introduces the final "Jeopardy" category: "Lives that Matter."
"Well it was good while it lasted, Doug," the host of the show says. "You know, I got a lot to say about this," Doug responds. "Yea, I'm sure you do," the host says. "When we come back, we'll play the national anthem and just see what the hell happens."