“Our jobs are fleeing this country. They’re going to Mexico, they’re going to China,” Baldwin aped, making “China” sound like the second syllable of a certain part of the female anatomy. “I will stop that. If Hillary knew how, she would have done it already. Period. End of story. I won the debate. I stayed calm, just like I promised.”

Some comedians have argued that Trump’s magniloquent demeanor and unconventional campaign are difficult to satirize. ”When the politicians are providing us with the fiction there’s no place for people like me,” Armando Iannucci, the creator of HBO’s political comedy Veep, told CNN last month. While Baldwin did exaggerate some of Trump’s features, like the candidate’s pursed lips, he didn’t say or do anything that could actually shock anyone at this point if Trump himself actually said or did it.

NBC brought in Baldwin, a 16-time host of SNL, specifically to play Trump this season. The role had been portrayed by Taran Killam, who left the show in August, and alum Darrell Hammond, who returned this weekend to perform another one of his impressions, former US president Bill Clinton.

The real debate, which was watched by a record 84 million people on television, appears to have helped SNL reach a record audience of its own. Saturday night’s premiere episode hit an eight-year high, according to overnight data, up 29% over last year’s season premiere. The episode was hosted by Margot Robbie, star of Suicide Squad and The Wolf of Wall Street.

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