‘Complicit Ivanka’ Johansson Joins Alec Baldwin For Final ‘SNL’ Hallelujah

The entire ?White House? crew of ?Saturday Night Live? gathered, one by one, around Alec Baldwin?s Donald Trump at the piano for a soulful rendition of a last ?Hallelujah? on the finale of one of the most memorable and politically charged seasons of the 42-year series.

At the lyric ?I told the truth, I didn?t come to fool ya,? Baldwin took his hands from the piano keys but the piano continued to play. Kate McKinnon?s Kellyanne Conway held up crossed fingers.

The cold open ?Hallejulah? wrapped up a season skewering the White House. It could have been a farewell to the besieged Trump administration ? or it may have marked Baldwin?s last turn at playing the president.

Gathered around the piano were the Grim Reaper playing Steve Bannon, and Mikey Day?s and Alex Moffatt?s dopey Trump bothers. Cecily Strong turned up as first lady Melania Trump and Scarlett Johansson was back as daughter Ivanka in a gold lame gown from her March skit plugging her perfume Complicit (?a fragrance for the woman who could stop all this ? but won?t?).

Beck Bennett was Mike Pence ? instead of his usual Vladimir Putin ? and Aidy Bryant stood in for Sarah Huckabee Sanders. (Putin was represented by the Russian flag pin on Baldwin?s lapel.)

The song came full circle from the ?SNL? episode following the presidential election when McKinnon sadly sat at the same piano to sing the song to honor the late Leonard Cohen ? and lament the loss of Hillary Clinton. ?I?m not giving up, and neither should you,? McKinnon told her audience then.

This time Baldwin wrapped up his ?Hallelujah? and declared: ?I?m not giving up because i didn?t do anything wrong …. but i can?t speak for these people.?

The episode was bittersweet with many wondering if Baldwin will ever return as Trump. He has said the role was getting depressing because of the ?maliciousness? of the administration, and worried that people won?t be amused much longer by the president. ?If everything stays the same in the country … I don?t think people will be in the mood to laugh about it,? he said.

But he has since left the door slightly ajar that he might return. ?Look, I?d love to keep doing this per my availability, but I have other things I?m going to do, so I guess we?ll figure it out,? Baldwin told The Hollywood Reporter last week.

– This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

Hillary Clinton Practiced Dodging Trump’s ‘Hugs’ Before The Debates

A former Hillary Clinton staffer, Philippe Reines, tweeted a video of himself and Clinton practicing how to properly dodge a Donald Trump hug.

The video was taken on Sept. 24 as a prep session for the Hofstra University debate that would take place a few days later. 

It?s entertaining and clearly lighthearted, but also slightly unnerving:

On the one hand, the video doesn?t appear to be all that serious, as you can hear laughter in the background, and the imagery itself is entertaining: Reines-as-Trump and Clinton are basically play-wrestling. Clinton herself even retweeted the video, adding that she ?burst out laughing? when she saw it:

But on the other, it?s likely that Clinton had to legitimately prepare for having to physically engage with Trump. It makes sense that you?d have to formulate some sort of plan to go up against someone with a history of being verbally violent and physically threatening ? especially towards women.

Even ex-FBI Director James Comey was reportedly ?disgusted? by Trump?s aggressive gestures when the president embraced him during a Jan. 22 White House ceremony.

Reines, who plays Trump in the video, talked about his portrayal of him in Clinton?s debate preparation to Politico back in January and, apparently, he went ?full method actor? with the job. Though, he didn?t mention any specific Trumpian actions he practiced on Clinton, he mimicked Trump?s physicality ?so that Clinton would grow accustomed to Trump?s looming presence when she saw Reines in her peripheral vision.?

We?re not sure anyone can ?grow accustomed to Trump?s looming presence? anymore.

– This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.