Saturday Night Live has always taken full advantage of the election cycle and major national events to pull maximum humor out of the cluster that is American politics. While the 2016 presidential election is still over a year away, the media circus around it feels like it's started earlier than ever. So it's no surprise that a marquee sketch of SNL's season premiere featured Hillary Clinton as a barkeep talking to herself (played by Kate McKinnon).
McKinnon has a spot-on impression of Clinton that she's thrown around a few times already, but playing off the real Clinton as the straight woman to her antics takes it to a new level. Clinton's "Val," just an "ordinary citizen who believes the Keystone pipeline will destroy our environment," got a win-win with her appearance, coming off as approachable and funny while also pushing a couple of items on her agenda. In response to McKinnon "agreeing" on the pipeline front even though it took her a while to get there, Clinton remarked, "Nothing wrong with taking your time. What's important is getting it right."
Beyond that, the two even sparred playfully over Clinton's approval of gay marriage. The real Clinton congratulated herself on how early she was on that side of the debate, but McKinnon pushed back. "I could have supported it sooner," she said.
For good measure, Clinton also took a well-aimed shot at Donald Trump, remarking incredulously in a deep voice, "Donald Trump? Isn't he the one that's like, 'Ugh, you're all losers?' "
Laugh at Clinton's cool, "with it" side while simultaneously consuming her agenda in the full skit below:
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