Saturday Night Live guest host Tom Hanks played debate moderator Chris Wallace in this week’s cold opener, which featured Alec Baldwin and Kate McKinnon as Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.
“I’m Chris Wallace,” Hanks said, “and welcome to the third and final presidential debate. Tonight is going to be a lot like the third ‘Lord of the Rings’ movie. You don’t really want to watch, but hey, you’ve come this far.”
Baldwin mocked Trump’s subdued opening tone by calling himself a “sweet little Baby Trump” and then ran down the list of celebrities who support him, “I’ve got Sarah Palin, I’ve got Chachi and I’e got the best Baldwin brother, Stephen Baldwin.”
When Wallace asked if Trump had an answer to the sexual harassment allegations against him, Trump said, “Chris, of course I do. I’m completely innocent. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again. Nobody has more respect for women than I do.”
This set off the “entire planet” into gales of laughter, forcing Wallace to say, “All right, all right, settle down down. Settle down, settle down, entire planet, settle down.”
As Clinton began to speak about Trump’s tax evasion, Trump said the now-infamous, “What a nasty woman” line.
Clinton responded, “That’s exactly the kind of language that has poisoned and debased this election. And if you agree, go to hillaryclinton.com and buy a limited edition ‘Nasty Woman’ mug.”
“I am winning in every single poll taken outside of a Cracker Barrel,” Trump said. “And on November 9, be sure to check out Trump TV. You’re gonna hate it.”
Watch the video, embedded below:
Here’s a gif of the opening moments:
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) October 23, 2016