SNL's Brilliantly Spoofs the Second Presidential Debate

From Alec Baldwin's lurking Donald Trump to how they introduced Ken Bone.

To some, last week's second, Town Hall presidential debate felt like an SNL sketch—and, as the SNL writers confirmed last night, it really didn't need a lot of tweaking to be turned into one. The show cold-opened with another fantastic spoof, where every big moment—Donald Trump's lurking-turned-outright-scaring Hillary Clintonthe introduction of new internet icon Ken Bonethe candidates' lack of handshakeyou name it—was incorporated in there. The result is one of the show's best debate sketches yet.

Alec Baldwin and Kate McKinnon reprised their roles as Trump and Clinton—and easily proved they remain among the show's best. But McKinnon in particular really had her moment when the show tackled that last 'what do you guys like about each other?' question. As they translated it:

"Tonight Donald Trump said you should be in jail, he said you had hate in your heart, and he followed you around stage like a shark. So my question is what do you like about him?"

McKinnon as Clinton: "Well, this one's actually easy. Donald Trump and I disagree on almost everything but I do like how generous he is. Just last Friday, he handed me this election."

Watch it all below:

Trump did, and he couldn't help but share his response:

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Alyssa Bailey
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