Hillary Clinton appeared on the season premiere of Saturday Night Live, but not as herself. The former Secretary of State and current Democratic presidential candidate frontrunner played Val the bartender in a sketch opposite resident SNL Clinton impersonator Kate McKinnon.
“I’m just an ordinary citizen who believes the Keystone Pipeline will destroy our environment,” Clinton as Val joked.
The mined Clinton’s attempts to appear relatable for comedy, and also mocked her evolution on issues like marriage equality. (“I could have supported it sooner,” McKinnon’s Clinton said to the real Clinton. “Well, you did it pretty soon,” responded Clinton.)
But the highlight was Clinton’s impersonation of Donald Trump: “Isn’t he the one that’s like, ‘Ehh, you’re all losers’?” Clinton said in an attempt at hitting the timbre of Trump’s voice.
Clinton’s Saturday Night Live appearance was spoiled by the New York Times on Thursday. The paper reported Clinton would appear with McKinnon, but that the sketch was set for the show’s cold open. That didn’t happen: Taran Killam’s Donald Trump impression kicked off the show, while Clinton appear during the first 30 minutes.
This was Clinton’s second appearance on SNL. She last participated in a sketch during a 2008 episode when Amy Poehler was the cast member tasked with impersonating the politician.
After the sketch aired, Clinton tweeted about her appearance.
SNL also posted a behind-the-scenes photo of Clinton alongside McKinnon.