Sep 29, 2019

"SNL": Baldwin's Trump addresses impeachment inquiry

Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump on "Saturday Night Live." Photo: Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

"Saturday Night Live" addressed House Democrats' inquiry into President Trump's impeachment in the cold open of its Season 45 premiere.

The big picture: Alec Baldwin was back as President Trump, phoning Hollywood star Liev Schreiber as he searched for a "fixer." And 2020 "SNL" Democrats held a town hall during which they discussed impeachment.

  • At the 2020 candidates' "town hall," 2 "SNL" favorites returned — "Bridesmaids" actress Maya Rudolph as 2020 candidate Sen. Kamala Harris ("America’s cool aunt") and Larry David as Sen. Bernie Sanders.
  • Alex Moffat took up the role of former Congressman Beto O’Rourke; Kate McKinnon was there as Sen. Elizabeth Warren; Chris Redd played Sen. Cory Booker; and Colin Jost was Mayor Pete Buttigieg. New cast members Bowen Yang and Chloe Fineman starred as Andrew Yang and Marianne Williamson, respectively. The night's host Woody Harrelson arrived as Joe Biden, exclaiming, "Daddy’s here, America."

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"SNL" skewers 2020 Democrats' CNN town hall in cold open

Kate McKinnon as Elizabeth Warren on "Saturday Night Live." Photo: Will Heath/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images

"Saturday Night Live" skewered 2020 Democratic candidates' CNN/Human Rights Campaign Foundation town hall on LGBTQ issues in a star-studded cold open, with Kate McKinnon sending up Sen. Elizabeth Warren's comments during the debate on same-sex marriage that went viral.

The big picture: Emmy Award-winning actor Billy Porter put in a stylish star turn as the announcer, introducing Sen. Cory Booker, played by "SNL" regular Chris Redd by saying, "He may live in the projects, but ladies, he ain’t no project. It’s Cory Booker."

  • "Hamilton" creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda also had a scene-stealing moment as former HUD Secretary Julián Castro, apologizing for nor not being gay. "Look, I’m young, I’m diverse," he said. "I’m Latino Obama."
  • Hollywood heavyweight Woody Harrelson returned as former Vice President Joe Biden, delivering the line, "The vast majority of people in America are not homophobic; they’re just scared of gay people."

Flashback: While the real Warren did not have a wig to pull off as McKinnon's character did, she won plenty of cheers at the town hall and praise from the LGBTQ community and rights advocates for her response to a question about religious opposition to same-sex marriage.

Keep ReadingArrowOct 13, 2019

The 2020 candidates who have qualified for the next Democratic debate

Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, Pete Buttigieg and Elizabeth Warren. Photos: Scott Olson/Getty Images, Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images, and Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

The fourth round of Democratic debates will be held on Oct. 15 in Westerville, Ohio, with 12 candidates onstage, making it the biggest single-night debate to date. 

How it works: This debate had the same requirements as September's. Qualifying candidates must have reached 2% in 4 DNC-approved polls and drawn 130,000 unique donors — including 400 donors in 20 different states. Oct. 1 was the final day to make the cut.

Go deeperArrowUpdated Oct 2, 2019

Beto O'Rourke campaign says it raised $4.5 million in Q3

Beto O'Rourke speaks at CNN's LGBTQ town hall on Oct. 10, 2019. Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images

Former Rep. Beto O'Rourke's campaign said on Friday that it raised $4.5 million in Q3, which puts the candidate in the bottom rung of 2020 Democrats' fundraising for the quarter.

The state of play: Sen. Bernie Sanders currently leads all 2020 Democrats in Q3 fundraising with $25.3 million, followed by Elizabeth Warren with $24.6 million, and Mayor Pete Buttigieg with $19.1 million. President Trump's re-election campaign and the Republican National Committee recently said they raised a whopping $125 million for Q3, setting a new presidential fundraising record.

Go deeperArrowOct 12, 2019