No joke: “Saturday Night Live” has cast Alec Baldwin as its Donald Trump for Season 42 — or, at least, the first few months. The actor may stick around in the gig until the actual presidential election. God knows what will happen then — especially if Trump wins in November.
All last season, Trump was impersonated by “SNL” alum Darrell Hammond, who will remain on the series as its announcer. Before Hammond had reprised the role last season, the honor was Taran Killam‘s — but he was let go this summer after six seasons at “SNL.”
With Trump taken care of, “SNL” just needs to contend with its President Obama issue — that was a job Jay Pharoah performed masterfully for most of his time on the sketch comedy staple. But, as they say, he gone (too). Both Killam and Pharoah landed shows at Showtime.
Watch a video promo below for Baldwin as Trump. He should prove a formidable foe for the excellent and Emmy-winning Kate McKinnon‘s Hillary Clinton. Expect the Trump-Clinton debate to (cold) open the whole season up.
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