Six months after a “Saturday Night Live” cold open went viral featuring Kate McKinnon‘s Hillary Clinton at a piano singing “Hallelujah,” the “SNL” team has done it again. Only this time, it’s Alec Baldwin‘s Donald Trump who’s singing the late Leonard Cohen classic and he’s joined by a slew of familiar faces. Watch the “SNL” video above from the Season 42 finale.
Soon after Trump begins singing, he’s joined by White House counselor Kellyanne Conway (McKinnon) and then Vice President Mike Pence (Beck Bennett). After Conway kisses Trump on the head, the camera reveals two new additions to the stage: his sons Donald Trump Jr. (Mikey Day) and Eric Trump (Alex Moffatt).
Moments later, chief strategist Steve Bannon (Death) and Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders (Aidy Bryant) join in the fun. And then the final pairing of First Lady Melania Trump (Cecily Strong) and daughter Ivanka Trump (Scarlett Johansson) round out the ensemble. Alas, there was no appearance by Melissa McCarthy‘s Sean Spicer, but “Spicey” popped up last week.
“I’m not giving up because I didn’t do anything wrong,” Baldwin’s Trump says at the conclusion of the song. “But I can’t speak for these people!” The real President Trump had a disastrous week in the media, with Russian allegations and the fallout of his firing of FBI Director James Comey continuing to threaten his presidency. CNN is even reporting that White House lawyers are currently researching impeachment.
As our writer Kevin Jacobsen wonders, might “Saturday Night Live’s” increased relevance and buzz with the way they’ve tackled Trump all season long help the show win the Emmy Award for Best Variety Sketch Series? It has been a whopping 24 years since the sketch comedy prevailed in the top series race, but this year it may be tough for the Emmys to vote against it. “SNL” truly became can’t-miss TV this year.
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