Amagansett actor Alec Baldwin returned for his third Saturday Night Live cold open as Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on Saturday night. The performance was a sendup of the October 9 town hall debate between Trump and Democratic presidential nominee and Hamptons regular Hillary Clinton (played by Kate McKinnon)—and the real Trump is not happy about it.
To express his anger about the skit, which made fun of both candidates, Trump sent out a tweet at 7:14 a.m. on Sunday, October 16, accusing SNL of being part of a media “hit job” and election rigging. The candidate called for the show’s cancellation and said Baldwin’s impression of him “stinks.”
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
The skit made fun of Trump lurking “like a shark” behind Clinton during the debate, and included a moment where he said the women who accused Bill Clinton of sexual misconduct need to be respected and heard, while his accusers need to “shut the hell up.”
Hillary Clinton was portrayed as calculated and insincere in moments such as her answering a question by saying, “Let me start by walking over to you, just as I practiced,” or her not knowing the name of her granddaughter, calling her “Chelsea Jr., I assume.” The Democratic candidate stayed mum about the skit though, leaving the tweeting to her rival and the electorate.
Trump and Clinton’s third debate will take place on Wednesday, October 19 from 9–10:30 p.m. It’s a good bet Baldwin and McKinnon will reprise their roles as the candidates for the fourth straight week of cold opens on SNL this Saturday, October 22 at 11:30 p.m., unless of course NBC decides to cancel the show because Trump said so. But we kind of doubt it.
Watch the video below!