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Alec Baldwin debuted his much-anticipated turn as Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump this weekend on the “Saturday Night Live” premiere.
For its 42nd season, the NBC sketch show opened with its parody of the first presidential debate.
Baldwin took over the impression played last season by Darrell Hammond and for a short time, the now-fired Taran Killam.
Emmy winner Kate Mckinnon reprised her role as Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, and “Weekend Update” co-anchor Michael Che played moderator Lester Holt.
“SNL’s ” take on the debate played up Trump’s inability to stay “calm” and “presidential” and Clinton’s intense preparation for the debate and attempts to come off “relatable.”
At one point, McKinnon’s Clinton realizes the more make-believe Trump speaks, the better her odds of winning the debate. So she gives him her speaking time and he doesn’t disappoint.
“The thing about the blacks is that they’re killing each other,” Baldwin’s Trump says. “All blacks live on one street in Chicago. All on one street! It’s called Hell Street. And they live on Hell Street and they’re all killing each other.”
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When asked if she has a response, fake Clinton reenacts the little shimmy of joy Clinton made during the actual debate, then answered, “Not a response, more of a request. Can America vote right now?”
Watch Baldwin’s debut as Trump on “SNL” below: