SNL Premiere: Alec Baldwin Makes His Debut as Donald Trump — Grade It!

Alec Baldwin took on one of the buzziest roles of his career this weekend when he succeeded Darrell Hammond as Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live.

The 30 Rock alum — who has previously hosted SNL a record-setting 16 (!) times — starred opposite Kate McKinnon’s Hillary Clinton during the Season 42 premiere’s cold open, which parodied the Sept. 26 presidential debate. Michael Che played moderator Lester Holt.

The skit found Baldwin lampooning Trump’s sniffles, his 11th-hour shout-out to Rosie O’Donnell and his overall testiness during Monday’s record-breaking showdown. At one point, McKinnon’s Clinton gleefully declared, “I think I’m going to be president.”

Trump has previously been portrayed by the late Phil Hartman, the recently ousted Taran Killam, Jason Sudeikis and the aforementioned Hammond. The latter, who served as an SNL cast member from 1995-2009 and since 2014 has served as announcer, returned to the role during Season 41 when Killam was needed to play fellow Republican hopeful Ted Cruz.

What did you think of Alec Baldwin’s Trump impression? And where does it rank among previous SNL impersonations of The Donald?

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32 Comments
  1. Oh how I wish there was a grade of A+! He was brilliant! (Runner up, Phil Hartman)

  2. Otis says:

    Great performance; however hands are wayyyyyyy bigger than Donald’s.

  3. Jayson Stump says:

    Alec’s impression of Trumpster was way too strained, the lips were a fail, the eyes were a fail. . . makeup & Hair was solid. Scripting was excellent. Against a Plastic non-aged, Non wrinkled, non-spoofed H- Mckinnon. SNL really thats all U Got?

    • Wordsmith says:

      I kind of agree – it reminded me of People v. OJ Simpson: Sarah Paulson as the nuanced, realistic Marcia Clark and John Travolta as squinting caricature Shapiro.

    • Eh says:

      She just won an Emmy for her work particularly for her Hillary impression but I guess her recent acclaim isn’t good enough for you.

  4. George says:

    The premiere was excellent. I haven’t laughed like that at snl in years. They always bring the A game on election years. Margo Robbie was a great host and Kate is hilarious. Also the mr robot sketch and scooby doo sketch so funny.

  5. Annie says:

    Alec’s portrayal was over the top but it had to be since the actual Trump is so Twilight Zone.

  6. sunshine says:

    SNL is such a dusty old thing these days, no one watches it anymore. It lost it’s edge years ago.

  7. Tomm Huntre says:

    Baldwin is a moron. He is an angry, desperate man. Everything he does seems to come from a place of anger. Best new reason NOT to watch SNL.

  8. Donna Salvi says:

    This show needs to be put down….hasn’t been decent in years.

  9. AngelWasHere says:

    I liked Alec’s Trump, but he overdid with the lip thing.

  10. Kevin K says:

    Alec Baldwin is making a great Donald Trump. I give it an A.

  11. Pat says:

    I gave Alec an awesome. He just about has the scowl on his face close to what Trump really looks like.

  12. Trump & Hillary both suck.... says:

    I’m curious….. Why isn’t Kate’s impersonation of Hillary Clinton ‘uglier’. Hillary is not a wrinkle free, young, vibrant, actress in a blond wig. She’s wrinkled, has a saggy neck, baggy eyes, horrible hair, fat hips and stomach, and her jowls are wretched. If SNL is goin to make trump look like a stooge, then do the same for Hillary. Oh, her outfits look like rejects from that weird ass North Korean freak. Why the ugly apparel. Trump dresses like a man, not an Asian regect.

    • Linnea says:

      The election isn’t a beauty pageant, you genius.

      • Lily says:

        Linnea… instead of name calling, why not make a counter-point? I’m an independent (libertarian), but the vitriol of the liberals that is apparent on many sites I visit makes me truly believe that voting Democrat will result in voting in the crueler of the two ‘evils’. I hope that in the future you’ll demonstrate a more politically correct approach to commenting. Sad when GOP supporters are more PC than the Dems.

    • sportylady says:

      Trump dresses as a dowdy fat man does. His hair is a mess and his makeup makes him orange. Hillary, in the debate, looked vibrant, happy, intelligent. Trump looked angry and you couldn’t see his eyes.

  13. Alec couldn’t get the mouth right. He stuck his lower lip out instead of doing a pucker/ fish mouth look. Trump doesn’t stick his lower lip out in a pouting way.

  14. Bigref says:

    Tina Fey set the standard with her Sarah Palin. It was nuanced without cruelty. Alec Baldwin comes nowhere near that standard. His not funny.

  15. James Carl McMurtry says:

    Baldwin nailed it. Demonstrated how Trump really is a UFO–Unfit For Office.

  16. James Carl McMurtry says:

    Impartial as SNL is politically, and despite the natural balance of irony inherent in all forms of story-telling for the purpose of entertainment, including live television comedy–despite all this, Man! How these brilliant comedy actors reinforce my personal anti-political acronym:
    N.E.V.R. (Never Ever Vote Republican). Thank you SNL for the moments of sanity (reality) in the insanity (unreality) of this election!