Tom Hanks Hosted SNL’s Final Presidential Debate And Tried To Calm The Planet

SNL's last take on the presidential debates featured a fatherly Tom Hanks
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Tom Hanks took on the roll of Fox News’ Chris Wallace last night to host the final presidential debate on Saturday Night Live. SNL avoided talking about Donald Trump’s criticism of the show but piled on to him anyway. Alec Baldwin returned as Trump with Kate McKinnon’s Hillary Clinton feeling triumphant.

“Tonight, I feast,” Clinton said, sharpening large knives and reflecting her strong standing in the polls. Trump pledged ‘to start this debate in the quietest voice possible’ but Baldwin, like Trump, didn’t stay quiet for long. “In the past I’ve been big and loud but tonight I’m a sweet little baby Trump,” he said.

The first question was about reproductive rights. “They’re ripping babies out of vaginas!” Baldwin yelled, mimicking Trump’s claims at the final debate  about abortion practices that no longer happen in real life. McKinnon described Trump as ‘a man who is a child and whose face is birth control.’

Trump’s usual interventions – ‘Wrong!’ and ‘Liar!’ – were followed by shouts of ‘Trademark!’. Baldwin channeled Trump’s sniffling into a scattered answer about Mosul, which was mercifully cut off by Hanks. “I don’t know if you could tell, but I was really spinning out of control,” Trump said.

When Trump said nobody had more respect for women than he did, the camera panned back first to a laughing audience and then to the planet Earth. “Settle down, entire planet,” Hanks said.

The real winner from SNL’s debate was Kate McKinnon’s face. Her looks of shock and dismay at Baldwin’s comments were just as entertaining as the jokes and at one point she held up a bingo card showing she had won that night’s debate bingo.

You can watch below.

 

Darragh Roche is Senior Editor and Political News Writer.
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