For anyone who's happy that there are no more presidential debates, consider the down side. We likely just got our last Saturday Night Live debate parody featuring Alec Baldwin as "the best-ever Donald Trump" and Kate McKinnon as Hillary Clinton.
The comedic combatants welcomed an A-lister for Saturday's take on Wednesday's third-and-final debate, nine-time host Tom Hanks as Fox News moderator Chris Wallace.
As with earlier SNL debate satires, the comedians worked with what the candidates gave them — and that's a lot. Baldwin's Trump opened by announcing he would "start this debate in the quietest voice possible. In the past, I have been big and loud, but tonight, I am a sweet little baby Trump."
That didn't last long, as Wallace's first question about reproductive rights yielded an intense Trump response: "They're ripping babies out of vaginas!"
That led McKinnon's Hillary to conclude: "What two better people are there to talk about women's issues? Me, a woman who has had a child and has taken birth control, and him, a man who is a child and whose face is birth control."
The real debate's most talked about moment, when Trump wouldn't commit to accepting the election results, got big play on SNL, too, although Hanks' Wallace engaged in a bit of speculation.
Wallace: "Mr. Trump, it has become very clear that you're probably going to lose."
Baldwin's open-mouthed Trump pauses. "Correct."
Wallace: "Now, when you do, will you accept the results of the election?"
Trump: "I will look at it at the time because, frankly, this whole thing is rigged. Even the media. Every day, I turn on the news and all of the newscasters are making me look so bad."
Wallace: "And how are we doing that?"
Trump: "By taking all of the things I say and all of the things I do and putting them on TV."
We're guessing one critic who panned last week's debate won't like this one, either. Trump tweeted this after last week's SNL.
Watched Saturday Night Live hit job on me.Time to retire the boring and unfunny show. Alec Baldwin portrayal stinks. Media rigging election!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 16, 2016