Live from New York, it's a Trump-Clinton rematch - of sorts

Sun Oct 2, 2016 2:12am EDT
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By Chris Michaud

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Veteran actor and frequent host Alec Baldwin returned to "Saturday Night Live" on Saturday, debuting his new gig playing a scowling, blustering Donald Trump, the Republican nominee for U.S. president.

The late night NBC comedy show, kicking off its 42nd season, opened with an extended sketch featuring Baldwin as Trump facing off with a calculating, cunning and smug Hillary Clinton, with Kate McKinnon reprising her turn as the Democratic nominee.

Much of the routine was lifted from the opponents' Monday debate, including references to talk show host and Trump nemesis Rosie O'Donnell, and vocal Trump backer, Fox News' Sean Hannity.

Baldwin began his Trump routine promising "I'm going to be so good tonight," before issuing a perfunctory response on jobs and economics.

"End of story, I won the debate, I stayed calm just like I promised, and it, is, over. Goodnight," he proclaimed before walking away.

Told by the moderator there were still 88 minutes left, "Trump" responded, "My microphone is broken," adding "She broke it. With Obama."

Asked what she thought of Trump's rambling discourse, a smirking McKinnon-as-Clinton replied "I think I'm going to be president." The audience for the live show applauded wildly.

After a few more minutes of Baldwin-as-Trump's increasingly bizarre remarks, a swaggering Clinton asks "Can America vote right now?" Later, fighting tears, she explained, "This is going so well. It's going exactly how I always dreamed."   Continued...

Donald Trump speaks as Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Hillary Clinton listens during their first presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York.
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