Saturday Night Live came out swinging last night as it launched its 42nd season premiere, kicking off with a scathing cold open satirizing Monday night’s presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.
After an introduction from Lester Holt (Michael Che), which included mention of her bout with pneumonia, Clinton (Kate McKinnon) took to the stage with a cane and a cough, ditching the prop as she tumbled into a somersault to prove she’s actually “better than ever.” Holt introduced Trump (Alec Baldwin) as “the man to blame for the bottom half of all his kids’ faces.”
After Clinton labeled Trump’s tax plan as “Trumped-up, trickle-down” economics — a name she said she came up with “right off the stiff, red cuff” as she flexed her right arm — Trump attempted to exit the debate early before indicating his “microphone is broken.” He continued: “She broke it with Obama. She and Obama stole my microphone. They took my microphone to Kenya, and they broke it. And now it’s broken.” When asked what she thought of Trump’s accusations, Clinton responded: “I think I’m going to be President.”
The skit also mocked Trump’s flip-flopping on several issues, in addition to poking fun at Clinton’s comical facial expressions as Trump gave a series of insensitive responses to questions about her temperament (“Her mouth looks like a tiny, little butthole”) and race (he said “the blacks” are “killing each other just like I am killing this debate”).
After Trump’s tirade, Holt prompted Clinton for a response.
“Not a response, more of a request,” she answered. “Can America vote right now?”
Watch Saturday Night Live‘s 42nd season cold open below.