This past week, Saturday Night Live featured Kate McKinnon playing democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Hillary Clinton playing a bartender named Val. “Clinton” and Val discussed the candidate’s support of gay marriage and disapproval of the Keystone XL pipeline, mocking how long it took the real-life Clinton to announce her opinion on these two subjects.
Clinton’s appearance on this show seems to be her attempt to appeal to the younger generation of voters; her self-deprecating jokes in the skit are a way to connect the youth into the political voting scene.
Though this may have been Clinton’s goal, it was impeded again by “The Donald.” Not only did the show start with a cold open featuring Taran Killam playing Donald Trump, Clinton’s skit did not appear until the show was about halfway done, but Clinton’s own skit started with guest host Miley Cyrus saying that she “love[s] that guy. He just says whatever he wants.”
The business guru that every political junkie predicted would epically fail is doing the opposite. He is consistently at the top of the polls; it was only until Oct. 3 that Trump was finally bested by republican candidate and neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson in a national poll by Investor’s Business Daily.
The question has gone from, “When will Trump’s reign end?” to “How is this happening?” and “Could he actually win the Republican nomination?” While some may argue that it is very early in the election season—I mean, we are talking about the 2016 Presidential Elections—it cannot be denied that Trump’s reign in the polls isn’t a fluke; he represents something that the people want.
This is tied hand-in-hand with Clinton’s drop in the polls. While she still leads, Bernie Sanders, the self-described democratic socialist from Vermont, is quickly rising in the polls.
Voters seem to be sick of establishment politicians. Out with the old and in with the new.
“The Donald” is beloved by his supporters because, as Miley so eloquently put it, “He just says whatever he wants.” He is not encumbered by offending the least amount of people possible; rather, he is taking the opposite route. If any career politician even tried to make the remarks Trump has said, they would be ousted from the political world faster than a late-night talk show host could make a joke about Donald Trump’s hair.
Whether this tactic will work in the long run is yet to be seen. This may be the future for politicians—speak as brutally honest as possible—or it could just be that those who take the most offense to Trump’s statements are not paying attention yet.
Clinton is trying to counter the public’s desire for outsiders by reaching to the younger generation. In an attempt to copy President Obama’s tactics, she is trying to bring out coalition of new supporters: young people who have never voted. Thus, she appeared as a special guest on Saturday Night Live.
Right now, we can make all the predictions we want about the 2016 Presidential Election. Realistically, only time will tell which strategy works.