For the past couple of Saturday nights, SNL has put itself back out there as one the most comedic shows on television with its own portrayal of the Presidential Debates. Alec Baldwin and Kate McKinnon star as Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in the hilarious skits to accurately show the point of view on the viewer side of the debates.
Saturday Night Live has made skits from all three Presidential Debates and the Vice Presidential Debate in their show. Many people have taken great joy in watching these debates as they portray Clinton’s unrelatable status as a candidate and Trump’s cartoonish-like personality. However, one candidate did not take these skits very kindly.
According to the Washington Post, Trump went to twitter to express his feelings of Alec Baldwin’s portrayal of himself.
Even though Trump has shown his thoughts on these skits, Clinton remains silent and has not shown her opinion of Kate McKinnon’s portrayal of the first woman candidate in the Presidential Election.
Many opinions have been thrown out there that SNL has only been going after Trump and leaving Clinton alone, letting her sit back and enjoy the show.
“He’s Trump,” Jack Williams started; “he’s a character, and he’s easier to make jokes out of.”
Trump has a unique personality, and SNL uses that as a platform to really make their skits that much funnier.
“By posing Clinton as the straight-forward character, you can have this caricature of Trump looming over her and saying ridiculous things,” history teacher Mr. Osborn explained.
SNL has really proven this with many of the goofy acts Trump has done from his absurd quotes on serious matters occurring in the U.S. to following Clinton around the stage like a shark.
However, SNL has made its own comedic portrayal of Hillary Clinton as well with her many attempts to show she’s relatable to her very planned out debate schedule. Kate McKinnon portrays this perfectly with quotes like “And just like ME, I am relatable” and “Let me walk over to you just like I practiced. 1. 2. 1. 2. Plant feet. Speak.”
“She’s incredibly smart,” Mr. Osborn began, and “she’s a little nerdy, but that doesn’t always translate to social situations.”
The third and final SNL Presidential Debate skit proved to be a perfect walk off to the actual elections. The actors at SNL once again brought their incredible use of satire to portray a clownish Trump and a question-dodging Clinton.
“They are fairly accurate. Of course with the use of satire, they exaggerate most everything,” Nick Meittinis exclaimed.
As it seems that SNL is only going after Trump, but Time Magazine pointed out that SNL has poked at Clinton in the sketches as well. With her being the “master of the pivot” according to Time, and how her economic plan leads to her rolling straight to the bank whenever Trump makes a controversial comment.
So will these SNL sketches affect voters’ decisions?
“I think since the audience is so different than that of the actual debate,” Nick Meittinis started, “it will sway more people to lean towards Clinton because they portray Trump so much as a fool.”
As if the actual debate wasn’t enough with just Trump and Clinton, SNL really used their comedic platform as a successful program to show the true natures of these candidates. At this point, however, anything is possible in the election.
Links to SNL Skits:
First Debate: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-nQGBZQrtT0
Town Hall Debate: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qVMW_1aZXRk
VP Debate: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5sYGjoUcusM
Final Debate: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-kjyltrKZSY