Everyone Was Crying In The First ‘SNL’ Cold Open Since Donald Trump Was Elected President

It’s hard for at least half the country to find any silver livings about Donald Trump becoming the next President of the United States.

SNL viewers discovered one: four more years of Alec Baldwin.

That’s four more years of spraining his jaw while impersonating someone who is “openly and brazenly racist and misogynistic,” who mocks disabled reporters, and who one of New York’s most respected personalities called “a punk, he’s a dog, he’s a pig, he’s a con, a bullshit artist. A mutt who doesn’t know what he’s talking about, doesn’t do his homework, doesn’t care, thinks he’s gaming society, doesn’t pay his taxes.” Trump isn’t exactly a popular figure in the protest-filled Big Apple right now, even in Studio 8H, where Baldwin said this week that “when I was approached by Lorne [Michaels], who is a friend of mine, to do it, my first impulse was ‘no.’ Because in order to do that effectively, you need to have at least some appreciation of the person… for which Trump, I have none.” (He conveniently left out the part where his “friend” invited Trump to host SNL last season — he was roundly criticized.)

But instead of anything Trump, SNL went straight for the tear ducts and had Kate McKinnon as Hillary Clinton covering “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen, who passed away this week at 82 years old. Everyone started crying.