Debate: Donald Trump's Performance Compared to Alec Baldwin's 'SNL' Impression
"This is now indistinguishable from SNL," said one Twitter user.
Donald Trump's performance during the second presidential debate was strangely familiar to some viewers.
During the event held in St. Louis and moderated by CNN's Anderson Cooper and ABC's Martha Raddatz, several Twitter users noted that Trump's insistence about his recently released tape from 2005 being "locker room talk" sounded a lot like the previous night's impression of Trump on Saturday Night Live.
When Cooper asked the Republican presidential candidate if he knew that his words on the video were considered sexual assault, he again called his comments "locker room talk," pivoting to ISIS and "more important topics" to debate. "They are just words, folks," Trump said. "They are just words."
On Saturday, Baldwin reprised his Trump impression in a cold open sketch about those tapes, talking to Cecily Strong, who appeared as a news anchor covering the controversy. "Are you not entertained?" said Baldwin. "I would like to take this time to formally ap—ologize," he said, mispronouncing the word "apologize" and constantly trying to change the subject.
Baldwin (as Trump) said he'd like to apologize to those offended by his remarks, but "more importantly, to the people who were turned on by them. I hear it's really 50-50." He added that he was speaking like a "childish, 59-year-old man."
See some of Sunday night's reactions below.
This is now indistinguishable from SNL.— Brian Schatz (@brianschatz) October 10, 2016
Baldwin is way over the top this time. #debate— Bully (@idrewthis) October 10, 2016
The Alec Baldwin version of Trump on Satruday Night Live is more articulate than the real Trump— NEVER TRUMP (@frankieciv608) October 10, 2016
Wait is that Alec Baldwin?— beachblondiee (@beachblondiee) October 10, 2016
Alec Baldwin does such a great Trump.. oh.. wait.. this isn't SNL?? #debate— Pamela Kincheloe (@spamo666) October 10, 2016
I still don't know if this is Alec Baldwin or not— Adam Basner (@adamuspsu) October 10, 2016
Why is Alec Baldwin fighting with Hillary on live TV?— Jaime Ugarte (@haimeh_ugarte) October 10, 2016
Is Alec Baldwin now a contract player on CNN?— Anson Mount (@ansonmount) October 10, 2016
Trump looks like he's doing a parody of Alec Baldwin parody of him.— bob davis (@bobdavis187) October 10, 2016
Alec Baldwin should really get an Emmy for his performance tonight as a presidential candidate.— Josh Cowen (@joshcowenMSU) October 10, 2016