Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump break the 4th wall in ‘SNL’ cold open

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Saturday Night Live took its last possible opportunity to skewer the election once more, bringing back Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump and having Kate McKinnon reprise her role as Hillary Clinton. The two took to a CNN talk show for perhaps one of the most uncomfortably real cold opens in recent memory. Tackling everything from […]

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Saturday Night Live took its last possible opportunity to skewer the election once more, bringing back Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump and having Kate McKinnon reprise her role as Hillary Clinton. The two took to a CNN talk show for perhaps one of the most uncomfortably real cold opens in recent memory.

Tackling everything from Clinton’s latest email debacle to Trump’s miraculous ability to sidestep controversy in a news cycle increasingly dominated by negative press for Clinton, the skit also managed to bring some legitimate surprises to the table.

“Don’t you guys hate feeling like this?” Baldwin says, breaking character. The two soon make a break for it, departing from their skit and running through the streets of Times Square to the tune of Arcade Fire’s “Wake Up.”

Perhaps more important than making you life, cry, cringe, and want to run away, SNL wants you to vote. “We can’t tell you who to vote for, but we all get to choose what kind of country we want to live in,” McKinnon concludes.

April Siese

April Siese

A former Weekend Editor at the Daily Dot, April Siese's reporting covers everything from technology and politics to web culture and humor. Her work has been published by Bustle, Uproxx, Death and Taxes, Rolling Stone, the Daily Beast, Thrillist, Atlas Obscura, and others. Siese joined Quartz in December 2016.