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In a mock segment of CNN’s Erin Burnett OutFront (with Cecily Strong playing Burnett), the two candidates called in and made their final pleas to voters, as Clinton also dodged questions about the FBI’s recent investigation into a new batch of emails.
Trump, played by Baldwin, told Burnett he was having a “really, really great” week because the American people were “buying it.”
McKinnon’s Clinton, on the other hand, shared, “It’s been a great week for me too. My favorite part was when I lost that great big lead I had.”
When Burnett told the two she’d be shifting to the “big story of the week,” Clinton muttered to herself, “Please be his taxes, please be his taxes,” only to find out she’d have to discuss her email investigation.
Trump offered some words of advice to Clinton, telling her he never uses personal emails because “it’s too risky.”
He then told Burnett and Clinton he uses a “private site” instead: “It’s called Twitter.”
“Mr. Trump, everyone can see your tweets,” Burnett told Trump, to which he replied, “Really? And I’m still in this thing? America, you must really hate this lady.”
Clinton changed the topic: “Am I crazy or does it sort of seem like the FBI is trying to get Donald Trump elected president?”
Trump denied her accusations, saying, “No, that is crazy, cuckoo … What even is the FBI?” Moments later, an FBI agent appeared from behind where Trump was stationed for the on-air interview and asked if he wanted some coffee. Trump responded, “No, I’m OK, sweetie,” before kissing the agent on the lips.
In retaliation, a livid Clinton begged Mark Burnett to release the Apprentice tapes and draw the attention away from her emails.
“Mark, as they say on Wheel of Fortune, give me an N-!” she exclaimed, though Burnett noted it’s not a known fact that Trump made racial slurs while on the show.
“What is happening? Is the whole world insane?” a visibly frustrated Clinton asked.
Clinton left the segment with a message to Trump voters: “In four years, once you realize you’ve been tricked, you’re going to come running back to me, begging me to run again — and guess what, idiots? I’ll do it.”
Toward the end of the cold open sketch, McKinnon’s Clinton and Baldwin’s Trump met up and made peace by walking through the streets of New York hand-in-hand. Clinton begrudgingly hugged Trump supporters, as Trump embraced minority families.
SNL co-stars McKinnon and Baldwin, out of character, then gathered in front of the live audience and, on a more serious note, encouraged viewers to vote.
“We can’t tell you who to vote for. But on Tuesday, we all get to choose what kind of country we want to live in,” McKinnon said.
SNL will revisit sketches of the some of the biggest moments of this year’s presidential campaign in an Election Special airing Monday.
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