Sorry, haters, Alec Baldwin's Donald Trump on SNL was damn near perfect

Oct 3, 2016 at 5:15 p.m. ET

Did I just watch the second round of the presidential debate? Because Saturday Night Live's cold open starring Kate McKinnon as Hillary Clinton and Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump was so spot-on, it was seriously hard to tell the difference between the actors and the real thing.

From his pouty, pursed lips to his calculated dramatic pauses, Baldwin's Trump might be the best impersonation of the presidential hopeful we've seen so far. And McKinnon won us over the second she busted out that hilarious somersault as she walked onto the floor.

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"Good evening, America," Baldwin growled in his opening. "I am going to be so good tonight. I am going to be so calm and so presidential that all of you watching are going to cream your jeans."

Um, gross. But still funny.

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Of course, not everybody loved Baldwin's impression of Trump. SNL viewers took to social media to air their grievances about the performance.

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Some were Trump supporters who thought the impersonation was disrespectful and biased.

"Mean is not funny. You can jab at a candidate even deeply and be very funny, without being mean," wrote one viewer on a Washington Post comment thread. "Baldwin's ugly left-wing version was not 'non-partisan' as Lorne stated his show must be; it was very partisan and sick. Mean and ugly are not funny."

A YouTube commenter echoed, "Wow. 100% biased comedy. Could have been much funnier if they weren't so obviously trying to boost Hillary. SNL is acting just like the biased media. Trump will win for sure if the election isn't rigged like it was with Sanders."

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For others, the acting seemed just a little bit too real for comfort.

"I like Alec Baldwin. He funny as a comedian and good as a dramatic actor as well," wrote another fan on the Washington Post's thread. "I caught part of SNL last night. It was mildly amusing but also left me queasy. I thought that it reflected the nastiness of Baldwin's personality of which he's often accused (especially regarding his daughter)."

And others just thought the skit straight up sucked.


Baldwin and McKinnon sure started out Season 42 with a bang, but they weren't the only ones who got people talking about the premiere. Michael Che dropped some jaws when he casually dropped the N-word into Weekend Update, and Leslie Jones' Mr. Robot skit that took on her nude photo hackers was nothing short of genius.

What was your favorite thing about the SNL season opener?

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