After a long summer, “Saturday Night Live” is back for its 42nd season.
With the presidential election just five weeks away, the writers and cast had a lot of material to work with. Naturally, they began Saturday’s season premiere with a cold open, recreating last week’s presidential debate.
Former lead star of “30 Rock” Alec Baldwin played Republican nominee Donald Trump – a new addition to this season of SNL – while Kate McKinnon played Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, which has been her role the last several seasons.
Michael Che played debate moderator Lester Holt.
In the 10 minute skit, the actors reenacted the debate almost exactly as it happened, hitting all of the major moments, including Clinton’s line “Trumped-up trick down economics,” Trump’s sniffles, which debate organizers say were picked up by a bad microphone, the moment where Trump essentially admitted he doesn’t pay taxes and when Clinton mentioned 1996 Miss Universe Alicia Machado toward the end of the debate.