What a joke! Hillary decides to go on SNL and make it one big campaign commercial bashing Republicans and promoting herself. Not one mention of the e-mail scandal! That’s pretty interesting and shows she’s thin-skinned and SNL did everything to put her in the best light. Reminds me of the Palin bashing but I doubt Americans are buying this unfunny attempt at bashing candidates.
The front-runner for the Democratic nomination appeared on the season opener of “Saturday Night Live” as a wise bartender named Val who pours a drink or two for, ahem, Hillary Clinton (played by “SNL” regular Kate McKinnon).
Most political candidates play themselves on “SNL,” often for just a cameo in a sketch or to declare the show’s famous tag line, “Live from New York — it’s Saturday night!” Seldom do they go all-out thespian and play a character in a sketch.
“So, Hillary,” Clinton asks McKinnon, “what brings you here tonight?”
“Well, I needed to blow off some steam,” McKinnon says. “I’ve had a hard couple of 22 years.”
Asked what she does for a living, McKinnon says in imitation of Clinton’s earnest monotone: “First, I am a grandmother. Second, I am a human, entrusted with this one green Earth.”
“Oh,” Clinton says, “you’re a politician.”
And just who is Val? Clinton deadpans, “I’m just an ordinary citizen who believes the Keystone pipeline will destroy our environment.”
From there the skit poked gentle fun at Clinton’s slow opposition to the pipeline, her late-arriving support of gay marriage, and her inability to take a vacation. Notably absent was a crack about her private email server, the source of months of criticism from Republican lawmakers and candidates. Speaking of Republican candidates, at one point Clinton — the real one — mimicked Donald Trump with a hoarse, throaty rendition of his dismissive statement, “Uh, you’re all losers.” In a nod to the past, former cast member Darrell Hammond showed up on a barstool as Bill Clinton, who takes a look at Clinton and McKinnon and says, “My god, they’re multiplying!”
Overall, the skit was friendly toward Clinton and closed with the former first lady joining McKinnon in singing “Lean on Me.” Clinton had another role in the show — introducing the first musical number by host Miley Cyrus.
Republicans didn’t fare nearly as well as “SNL” began its 41st season. The opening sketch made fun of Trump and his wife, Melania, and a faux commercial pitched a pill that cures people of thinking they can be president — specifically low-polling GOP candidates Rick Santorum, Mike Huckabee and Jim Gilmore.