Video: Saturday Night Live Lampoons Trump's 'Tapegate' Apology

Was there ever any doubt Saturday Night Live would go there?

As expected, SNL in its cold open lampooned the firestorm surrounding the leaked tape that’s currently imperiling Donald Trump’s campaign. The explosive video — released Friday via the Washington Post — captured a lewd, sexist conversation between Trump and then-Access Hollywood host Billy Bush.

With Alec Baldwin once again portraying Trump, the skit satirized the Republican nominee’s subsequent videotaped apology. SNL‘s version of the mea culpa found Trump being interviewed by CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin (played by Cecily Strong).

“I was trying to look cool,” Baldwin’s Trump said of the leaked video. “What normal red-blooded American doesn’t want to impress Billy Bush?”

He then apologized to anyone who was offended by his remarks, as well as those who “were turned on by them, I hear it’s really 50/50.”

The cameras later cut to Hillary Clinton’s campaign headquarters, where Kate McKinnon’s Hillary — in mid-celebration — feigned disgust at Trump’s ugly comments.

Press PLAY on the video above to watch the sketch, then hit the comments with your reaction. 

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  1. Paul J Reedy says:


    • The Beach says:

      Hilarious. Best line to me was (paraphrasing) “Who would have thought that in this election the only Bush that mattered would be Billy”

  2. Dave says:

    Pathetic. The left-leaning media are going to be very surprised on Election night. People simply don’t care about some remark made eleven years ago. Why didn’t SNL bring on an impersonator for any of the women Bill Clinton raped and then we’re bullied and ruined by Mrs. Clinton? Oh right- they can’t because that’s actually a serious issue as opposed to Trump’s harmless words.
    The American people see right through the agenda. Watch the debate tomorrow. Mrs. Clinton is going to have to defend her horrendous actions toward women. She’s going to have to deal with the fallout from all those years of being married to a sexual predator and being subsequently predatory herself. Mr. Trump will destroy her and the election results will only surprise the left-leaning media. The rest of us will be celebrating as America is one step closer to being great again.

    • Tannia says:

      You’re delusional! Trump will not win! Thank God!!!

    • Melanie says:

      You’re an idiot!

    • Bella says:

      Ya brain broke.

    • Poor, Poor Dave says:

      You say, “People simply don’t care about some remark made eleven years ago.”

      So, why do you care about Hillary’s “bullying?” If Trump’s actual violent words are not important, then surely, Clinton’s words are even less important. You can’t have it both ways. Clinton’s words are important? Then so are Trump’s.

      You want to make America great again? Do something to ensure that women are treated with respect, and not treated like an object to conquer like Trump suggests.

      • John NYC says:

        And the Clinton “bullying” Politifact ranked mostly false.

        Based on one Matt Lauer interview and the interpretation of whom she was speaking about in ONE sentence: right wing operatives who’ve long targeted the Clinton’s or specific accusers. The context looks like the operatives.

        • Scott says:

          Learn to comprehend what you read. And read truth, facts, not trupmed up fallacies. I discount your assertions because of, well, being fallacious. It means you are uninformed, dummy.

    • grazelled says:

      As an Independent I’ve been watching carefully who to vote for. Esentially the last couple of weeks I’m down to “who will ensure that the USA will still be here in 4 years”. After this and Trump’s 3am tweeting antics there is no way I can vote for this loose cannon to be president.

    • Jeremy T says:

      You are right, that would be a serious issue. Perhaps it has escaped your attention that SNL is a comedy show and not a pundit show. If Clinton was having a rough time of it right now, she’d be getting mocked pretty hard. SNL has skewered Democrats many times in the past, including Clinton; whatever the cast may think, they’re there primarily to find comedic value in topical events.

      There’s no way Trump’s comments could be avoided, considering they’re dominating every platform right now. Clinton having a party over Trump’s comments and poking fun at his semi-apology is pretty much the least damaging thing they could have done to Trump with it.

      Funny how I always hear that liberals are so sensitive and can’t take a joke, but the alt-Right is ready to take umbrage at every single comedian who makes a funny at Trump’s expense.

      • Lucifer says:

        Lorne Michael’s himself has stated time and time again they go after republicans/conservatives more often because democrats/liberals cannot handle being made fun of. Whether that assessment is true or not, it’s what he has said.

        I do find it funny that these private comments from Trump are considered atrocious, yet Hillary threatening and slandering her husband’s alleged rape victims and mistresses for decades is totally alright.

        • Simon Jester says:

          Perhaps because there’s very little evidence that Hillary “threatened and slandered” anyone for “decades,” whereas even his most ardent supporters can no longer deny the existence of Trump’s comments.

    • Liz Mangieri says:

      dave – go tell your daughter, sister, mom and grandmother.

    • You’re going to need some major meds on Nov. 8th.

    • J. says:

      It wouldn’t be such a big deal that he said these things eleven years ago EXCEPT he continues to have the same attitude today!

      You are also making unproven allegations against the Clintons without any proof. I don’t see any of these women that Mrs. Clinton allegedly bullied and ruined coming forth. As far as your slander towards former President Bill Clinton…HE IS NOT RUNNING. Furthermore, I have not heard of one woman coming forth claiming she was raped by Bill.

      It is very sad that you are buying into Trumps BS that country isn’t great. If it is so aweful here feel free to leave.

      I am afraid you will be having to celebrate the win of President Clinton.

      • John NYC says:

        Polifact rates that mostly false and “thin”.

      • Batman says:

        Someone hasn’t been paying attention J. If you cared about the truth you’d know what the interviews prove. The former president was a low life sexual offender. I’m a woman, I have a daughter. Being divorced and single for almost 10 years now and knowing what kind of “men” are out there, this does not surprise me. It also does not deter me away from voting for him. Also, don’t think that the rest of us “deplorables” find it too convenient that this comes out at the same time her Wikileak does. Save your victory dance for a year the DNC candidate has an actual chance at winning.

      • Lucifer says:

        Are you serious? There’s about a dozen women who have gone on TV and talked about the sexual abuse suffered at the hands of Bill Clinton and the verbal abuse from Hillary. Take your blinders off.

        • Steve F. says:

          Names, links, and none of that stuff from Faux News or Republican-leaning sites, please. Then MAYBE I’ll take you seriously. And besides, you should turn your man card in for supporting a racist, sexist, Cheeto… what does your life gain from his presidency?

    • John MYC says:

      And yet the list of Republicans, professional politicians all, bailing off the Trump sinking ship gets longer and longer by the hour.

      Now it’s too late and they’ll also be pulled under by the undertow, deservedly so, but they know elections. His gleefully admitting to sexual assaults is just that one line too far.

      As to the age of the tape? They’re getting Cosby and they’ll get Donald.

    • DL says:

      Trump’s harmless words? You do understand he was confessing to habitual sexual assault on women, right? People don’t care about Bill Clinton’s affairs anymore, and blaming Hillary is such nonsense, it just makes Trump look like the poster-boy for sexist double standards. Have fun in your right-wing bubble. Seems like it might get ugly when the bubble pops on Election Day.

      • Lucifer says:

        So Clinton being accused of raping and multiple women is now him just having affairs? It’s astounding the amount of spin you regressives have to do to protect yourselves from accepting the Clintons are horrible people. And you claim people are living in “right-wing bubbles”….

    • The Kaibosh says:

      Just remember Dave to be here the day after the election so we can all point and laugh at you when Trump loses.

    • KatsMom says:

      Lol…I remember all the conservatives posting the same thing in comment sections 4 years ago. The MSM’s polling is all wrong. Everyone’s going to be horribly shocked when Obama’s ousted on election day and Romney’s sworn into office in January! Woo hoo! Romney/Ryan 2012! Who was it that wound up being very surprised again? Seems like it was Karl Rove, who melted down on FOX News and prompted Megyn Kelly to ask, “Is this just math that you do as a Republican to make yourself feel better, or is this real?” Something for you to ponder as well, given the current 538 projections. . .

    • Scott says:

      Poor, Dave. Sad his ridiculous fave is a criminal asssquare. The country needs continuing stability and solid leadership, not sex fiends and tax evaders.

  3. Lisa says:

    SNL nailed it!

  4. ceebee says:

    @ Dave – check with your Dr. – you need to up the medication!

  5. R.A. Dello Buono says:

    The rise and fall of the could-have-been White Trash President now fades to the Iron Lady II! SNL has a bright future!

  6. grazelled says:

    All Hillary needs to do is sit back and watch the implosion. I’ve never seen an election cycle like this in my life and I could legally vote in 1980.

    • Pete says:

      You’re right, you never have seen an election cycle and implosion like this. Yep, Hillary’s campaign and election imploded. I hear she is still crying. WOW

  7. Ryan says:

    This entire episode was perfection. Lin-Manuel needs to become a staple. Fast. His own writing and theatre skills elevated everything but man that cold open…..all of it. Weekend update, monologue, even the last sketches. Excellent.

  8. Brian O'Keefe says:

    Make duct tape great again.

  9. Simon Jester says:

    I’m impressed with how quickly they pulled that opening sequence together. Prior to 4 p.m. Friday, were they going to simply go with the VP Debate? If so, thank goodness something juicier came along, because that parody was going nowhere.

  10. Amy Fulcher says:


  11. Jebra W. says:

    Trump at his worst is still a much better choice than Crooked Hillary at her best. Trump 2016!

    • John NYC says:

      Yeah giving nuclear weapons to Saudi Arabia, .Trumps idea, is brilliant. Not.

    • Jim Beamer says:

      Ya gonna need therapy for the potion he been serving you.

    • caitriona says:

      you’re high. Trump is more crooked than any candidate I have ever come across. I wouldn’t be surprised if he drops out and called this a publicity stunt to see how many rubes he can get to vote for him.

      • John NYC says:

        Somebody needs to tell him that after that SCOTUS Clinton ruling being president won’t shield him from the crapstorm: his bribing, fraud and sexual assault is bringing down on his head. Not to mention harboring an illegal immigrant who’d violated her tourist visa to do “fashion” specialty photos.

    • DL says:

      List one fact that says Hillary is crooked. An actual FACT. Because you cannot point to one single piece of legislation in her record or decision she made and say that decision was bought and paid for. She has been consistent for 40 years of political life. And, quite frankly, so has Trump, as a bigot, crook, and liar.
      Something that’s gotten lost in this Tapegate scandal is that Trump just said he believes the Central Park Five are still guilty, even though they were exonerated with DNA evidence and the real rapist confessed! He is a sick, sick man.

      • Lucifer says:

        The Clinton’s are the wealthiest, most connected and beloved politicians in America. You likely believe the system is rigged in regards to cases of police brutality, but for some reason, you cannot fathom members of not only the financial elite, but the political elite being able to fix things for their favor? Give me a break.

        And last I checked, Trump isn’t the only one who believes people are guilty despite being found innocent. Especially in regards to rape cases. Mattress Girl, Rolling Stones, Duke Lacrosse, the list goes on.

  12. Joe says:

    Alec Baldwin isn’t exactly the person who should lampoon lewd messages.

    • wrstlgirl says:

      100% agree, and I personally don’t think he’s all that great impersonating Trump. But that aside, that opening was the best.

  13. wrstlgirl says:

    Late to the party but just now had the chance to watch. Absolutely hilarious. Probably the funniest opening I’ve seen in a very long time.

  14. AngelWasHere says:

    OMG that was amazing! Perfect! ROFL!!!!!

  15. Walkie says:

    Love Baldwin but his impression is not as good as it should be.

    He’s playing him too stiff and his voice is all wrong.

  16. Lori moore says:

    What does Hillary Clinton believe in abortion abortion is wrong that’s murder you need to stop it and turn back to God

  17. edward says:

    Trump ! simply in one word…PRIMITIVE !!!!