As the most toxic presidential campaign ever draws to a close, even the satirists at Saturday Night Live are weary. At the end of the cold open featuring Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump and Kate McKinnon as Hillary Clinton, Baldwin stopped himself mid-Trump rant, "I'm sorry, Kate. I just hate yelling all this stuff at you like this. I just feel gross all the time."
"This whole election has been so mean," McKinnon said, before the pair ran out of 30 Rock and headed to Times Square as Arcade Fire's "Wake Up" blasted around them.
During the sketch, Trump's apparently close relationships with the FBI, Vladimir Putin and, well, racists, were shown, but CNN's Erin Burnett, played by Cecily Strong, was uninterested. Instead, she focused on Clinton's email problems, prompting Baldwin-as-Trump to say, "That's why I never ever use email. It's too risky. Instead, I used a very private, very secure site where one can write whatever that want to and no one will read it. It's called Twitter."
When told that everyone can read his Tweets, he replied, "Really? And I'm still in this thing? America, you must really hate this lady!"
— Saturday Night Live (@nbcsnl) November 6, 2016
In Times Square, Baldwin and McKinnon approached random people and embraced them—this included a moment where "Clinton" reluctantly hugs a man in a "Trump That Bitch" shirt. They also passed out balloons, ate street cart pretzels and formed a circle to dance.
Back in Studio 8H, Baldwin told the audience, "It's time to get out there and vote. None of this would have mattered if you don't vote." McKinnon added, "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."