Saturday Night Live takes on Trump tapes
WARNING: GRAPHIC LANGUAGE
One day after Donald Trump's lewd 2005 comments about women were leaked, Saturday Night Live worked them into the comedy show's opening sketch.
Alec Baldwin, portraying the U.S. Republican presidential nominee once more this season, performed opposite Cecily Strong, playing CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin.
- Warning: Video contains graphic language
"Looks like Donald Trump finally got what he wanted," she said as she introduced him following a breaking news alert. "A working microphone."
Baldwin/Trump tries to explain his controversial exchange with then-Access Hollywood co-host Billy Bush by saying: "Come on Brooke, I was trying to look cool. I mean what normal, red-blooded American doesn't want to impress the Billy Bush?"
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After the interview ends with Baldwin/Trump offering sympathy for the victims of Hurricane Matthew, Trump's microphone remains on as he makes obscene comments about the hurricane.
When the interviewer cuts to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, played by SNL regular Kate McKinnon, she's seen dancing with her team.
Clinton/McKinnon can't seem to keep a straight face as she tries to convey the seriousness of the tapes. When asked if Trump should drop out of the race, she quickly responds: "No, no, no, no! Give him a shot. Give him a shot."
Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda hosted the show and joked about how the hit Broadway musical was an escape from "all the craziness in our world."
"It's about two famous New York politicians locked in a dirty, ugly, mud slinging campaign," he said. "Escapism."