This past weekend, “Saturday Night Live” certainly accumulated a substantial amount of mileage out of Alec Baldwin’s debut as Donald Trump. The show scored its best overnight ratings for a premiere in eight years and tied their best start in the demo since the premiere before the 2012 election. Maybe Darrell Hammond’s impersonation of Trump was not terrible, but why not hire Alec when you know it’ll generate more attention? Also, it was hilarious. It may not have had the same sort of accuracy as Hammond, but the silliness of it was certainly on-point and he has one very notable supporter: Trump’s opponent Hillary Clinton.
In a new interview with “Extra,” Hillary (who praises Kate McKinnon on occasion for her take on her) summarized Baldwin’s performance in one word — before of course going on to talk about specifics:
“[He was] perfect. I can’t wait to see what else they’re going to do. His look, his scowling, his staring down then muttering his response, he was perfect.”
We definitely figure that Baldwin will get a lot of play as Trump throughout the next month. Politics are a landmark of “SNL,” and clearly score them higher ratings than right about everything. Plus, it’s not like this is the only place out there right now where the Presidential election is overexposed. It’s everywhere, and ultimately it is very hard to find a place where you can escape much of the coverage. Right now, our recommendation for those of you dreading politics is find the nearest hole like a groundhog in hibernation, and do your best to remain there for the next month or so.
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