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Will ‘Saturday Night Live’ take down Trump?

'Maybe it’s going to take comedians to do the job that cable news has relinquished for so much of the campaign.’

By SHANE GOLDMACHER

Monday night was live from Hofstra. Saturday night is live from New York.

While Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton argue over who won Monday night’s debate, inside 30 Rockefeller Plaza, the winner in the all-important satirical showdown is still being scripted.

That’s where the cast and crew of “Saturday Night Live” gathered Monday night to watch the debate. And it’s where they’re still sketching out portrayals that will shape how Americans see their presidential candidates.

SNL, which timed the launch of its 42nd season for the weekend after the first Clinton-Trump clash, made one big reveal Wednesday: Actor Alec Baldwin will debut as Trump. But heading into Saturday, the biggest drama is how Baldwin and SNL will parody the GOP nominee: Will they mock his sniffles? His hair? His orange hue? His gesticulations? His supposed microphone malfunction? Or do they cast him in more ominous terms: as a racist hate-monger?

Some comedians are pressing for the latter.

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On the season 42 premiere of Saturday Night Live, Donald Trump (Alec Baldwin) faces off against Hillary Clinton (Kate McKinnon).

Could Someone Please Explain To Me...

What did Leslie Jones do to deserve all the shit that she’s been going through on the internet?

Originally posted by bricesander

Leslie Jones is amazing!

Originally posted by nbcsnl

She was hysterical in Ghostbusters!

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Originally posted by sirenkeeper

She’s one of the best things to happen to SNL in YEARS!

Originally posted by sidewindervx

And here’s the thing - she’s one of the best people in show business right now.

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She is so sharp and so funny that her tweets convinced NBC to let her commentate at the Olympics!

Originally posted by mulaneysbutt

She worked to get where she is, she failed a few times before she succeeded. And she related this sentiment on SNL & told people, “You can achieve your dreams at any age.” Which may not seem like a lot, but in a world full of 20 somethings being super successful it means a lot!

Originally posted by teachingfeelslike

She is honest! She speaks her mind & doesn’t take bullshit!

Originally posted by maaarine

Did I mention she’s fucking hysterical?

Originally posted by stefon-rneyers

She continually blows away people’s expectations…

Originally posted by shmoo06

And does not deserve all the haters who hack her personal website, who compare her to apes on the internet, and who tear her down for no other reason than existing. NO ONE DOES!

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So, to Leslie Jones:

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You are talented, funny, and you seem like a genuinely nice person. So don’t let the haters get you down!

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Nothing but love for Leslie Jones!