'SNL' Skewers the Media's Role in the Rise of Donald Trump

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Alec Baldwin portrays Donald Trump, and Kate McKinnon plays Hillary Clinton on the November 5 episode of 'Saturday Night Live.' NBC screenshot

"Is the whole world insane?"

Kate McKinnon played an exasperated Hillary Clinton in the cold open to "Saturday Night Live" this weekend, incredulous at the prospect of holding just a slim lead over Donald Trump despite his unfitness for office. The show placed blame on the media in offering a sketch that mocked network television's obsession with Clinton's email server woes while giving short shrift to Trump's many scandals and offensive nature.

The sketch, featuring the return of Alec Baldwin as Trump, featured an interview on CNN's "Erin Burnett OutFront," with Cecily Strong as the anchor who repeatedly returns to the email subject despite mock evidence of Trump's coziness with Vladimir Putin, the FBI and the KKK. 

"Am I crazy or does it sort of seem like the FBI is trying to get Donald Trump elected president?," McKinnon's Clinton asks, in reference to bureau Director James Comey's decision to inform Congress of a renewed probe of Clinton's email practices.

"That is crazy, cuckoo. The FBI is not trying to help me. The FBI doesn't like me. I mean, what even is the FBI?," Baldwin's Trump asks, before an FBI agent wanders into the scene to offer Trump coffee. He departs with a kiss on the lips. 

"Erin? Erin? You saw that right? He kissed an FBI guy," McKinnon's Clinton says.

"It doesn't seem like enough of a story," Strong's Burnett says. "Let's get back to your emails."

Baldwin's Trump later denies knowing Putin or having a warm relationship with Russia, of course before "Putin" wanders into the scene to ask if Trump needs anything from the store. Again, a kiss seals their departure. 

"That can mean anything," Strong's Burnett says. "Let's get back to your emails."

The pattern repeats with reference to Trump renouncing the KKK's endorsement of his candidacy, only to kiss a white-hooded member on the lips before Burnett all but excuses it. Clinton has had enough.

"Is the whole world insane? Donald Trump has single-handedly ruined so much of what we as Americans hold dear. Kindness. Decency. Tic Tacs. Skittles. Taco bowls. Father-daughter dances. Buses. Bright red hats. The word 'great.' The color orange. Men," McKinnon's Clinton says.

"But look. If you want to elect him president on Tuesday, ok, go ahead. But in four years, once you all realize you've been tricked, you're going to come running back to me, begging me to run again, and guess what, idiots...I'll do it."

The sketch ended on a somewhat hopeful note, with Baldwin and McKinnon both breaking character to express their distaste for the election contest before heading for Times Square to offer hugs for their characters' opponents among the throngs of people. 

Back at the NBC studios, a sincere Baldwin tells the audience, "Now is the time to get out there and vote. None of this would have mattered if you don't vote." McKinnon says, "We can't tell you who to vote for but on Tuesday, we all get a chance to choose what kind of country we want to live in."