NEW YORK – No debating: Alec Baldwin stole the show Saturday in his new role as Donald Trump when “Saturday Night Live” spoofed the recent presidential debate.
Facing off against Kate McKinnon as she impersonated Democratic hopeful Hillary Clinton, Baldwin delivered an orange-faced, blustery impression of her GOP rival.
He railed about U.S. jobs fleeing to “Chi-naah.”
He sputtered that “my microphone is broken,” and pointed to his opponent, insisting, “She broke it with Obama.”
“Wrong!” “Wrong!” “Shut up!” he interrupted repeatedly.
As the “debate” progressed, make-believe Clinton seemed increasingly encouraged.
“Can America vote right NOW?” she inquired.
“I get it: You hate me,” she then summed up in her closing statement. “You hate my voice and you hate my face. But if you never want to see my face again, elect me president and I swear to God I will lock myself in the Oval Office and not come out for four years.”
Baldwin’s deal to play Trump for the remainder of the race was announced by NBC just days before “SNL” began its 42nd season and a little more than a month before voters choose between real-life Trump and Clinton.
Saturday’s premiere featured Margot Robbie as guest host. In a “Family Feud” sketch, she impersonated the GOP candidate’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, as a member of Team Trump, going up against Team Clinton, which included Larry David reviving his popular role as former Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders.