SNL Premiere: Alec Baldwin Makes His Debut as Donald Trump — Grade It!

Ryan Schwartz

Alec Baldwin took on one of the buzziest roles of his career this weekend when he succeeded Darrell Hammond as Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live.

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The 30 Rock alum — who has previously hosted SNL a record-setting 16 (!) times — starred opposite Kate McKinnon’s Hillary Clinton during the Season 42 premiere’s cold open, which parodied the Sept. 26 presidential debate. Michael Che played moderator Lester Holt.

The skit found Baldwin lampooning Trump’s sniffles, his 11th-hour shout-out to Rosie O’Donnell and his overall testiness during Monday’s record-breaking showdown. At one point, McKinnon’s Clinton gleefully declared, “I think I’m going to be president.”

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Trump has previously been portrayed by the late Phil Hartman, the recently ousted Taran Killam, Jason Sudeikis and the aforementioned Hammond. The latter, who served as an SNL cast member from 1995-2009 and since 2014 has served as announcer, returned to the role during Season 41 when Killam was needed to play fellow Republican hopeful Ted Cruz.

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What did you think of Alec Baldwin’s Trump impression? And where does it rank among previous SNL impersonations of The Donald?

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