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'SNL' Gets Serious In Its Post-Election Show

November 13, 2016

In the first "Saturday Night Live" episode since the nation elected Donald Trump as president of the United States, there was plenty of material and plenty of jokes that could have been had. But instead, they chose to open the show with Kate McKinnon dressed as Hillary Clinton performing the late Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah". Cohen died on November 7, the night before Election Day.

It was a somber note to open on. But 'SNL' cast and writers have been pretty open about their contempt for Trump, and it's not very surprising that McKinnon, an openly gay woman, would take his election particularly hard. Still, she ended her performance with a message of hope. 

"I'm not giving up and neither should you," McKinnon said with a shaky voice.

Then came Dave Chapelle's monologue, which ended on a similarly serious note.

Chapelle talked about going to the White House for a BET sponsored event and the hope he felt at seeing those halls filled with black people (and Bradley Cooper for some reason). He said it felt like proof of progress for a group who had been so mistreated and become so disenfranchised. 

"So, in that spirit, I'm wishing Donald Trump luck, and I'm gonna give him a chance," Chapelle said. "And we, the historically disenfranchised, demand that he give us one too."