‘Saturday Night Live’ Opens First Post-Election Show With Hillary Clinton Singing ‘Hallelujah’

Written by on November 13, 2016

As impassioned reactions to the results of Tuesday’s presidential election continued throughout the week, many Saturday Night Live fans began to wonder how the political comedy stalwart would address the outcome, in which Republican nominee Donald Trump defeated his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, despite Clinton winning the popular vote. As it turns out, the sketch show found its answer in another emotional headline from the week: the death of singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen.

The news of the Canadian music icon’s death at 82 broke on Thursday, and provided a fitting accompaniment to SNL’s first sketch on Saturday. The show opened simply on Kate McKinnon, in character as Clinton, sitting at a piano in one of the former First Lady’s signature pantsuits, singing “Hallelujah,” Cohen’s most famous song.

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