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

'Mr. Trump, everyone can see your tweets.'


April Siese


Published Nov 6, 2016   Updated May 25, 2021, 3:45 pm CDT

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.

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*First Published: Nov 6, 2016, 12:19 pm CST