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The cast of Saturday Night Live welcomed back Darrell Hammond to impersonate Donald Trump in a fresh parody of the most recent Republican presidential debate. The parody of the Fox Business Network debate begins with a warning from the moderators, “If at any time tonight your poll numbers drop below three percent, you will hear a loud gong, then be escorted off the stage like Showtime at the Apollo. at which point you’ll take a seat in the audience next to that sweet rose of the Carolinas, Senator Lindsey Graham.” The rest of the segment, as has been typical of these cold open debates, essentially puts a funny face or punchline on words the candidates actually said. Trump is asked about Ted Cruz’s Canadian birth, and, like the real Trump, lists off a series of second-hand comments about what people are telling him about Cruz’s eligibility, then tries to pass them off as “their words, not mine.”
Ted Cruz (Taran Killam) fights back by saying, “Canadians are well-liked. I am not. Canadians are rugged and outdoorsy, where I myself am mostly made of pudding. Canadians are genuine and warm, whereas when I smile, it looks like I’m peeing.” Watch the clip to see Chris Christie (Bobby Moynihan) threaten to kick Obama out of the White House, Marco Rubio (Pete Davidson) wonder why he isn’t winning, and Cruz conflate New York values with Seinfeld references.