'SNL' imagines Hillary Clinton's response to email scandal
'There will be no mistakes in my rise to the top!' Kate McKinnon's Clinton says
Hillary Clinton has been virtually silent on the controversy swirling around her use of a private email account as secretary of state. But on "Saturday Night Live," Kate McKinnon's Clinton addressed the scandal during the show's cold-opening sketch.
"Good evening, hello, hi-ya-ya," McKinnon began, wearing a blue, Hillary-esque suit and seated (presumably) in Clinton's Chappaqua living room. "Tonight, I'm speaking to you not as secretary of state or as a senator or as a first lady but as a relatable woman on a couch.
"Recently it was revealed that while I was secretary of state I did not use a government email," she said. "I used a personal one, leading many to believe I was hiding scandalous or incriminating emails. And to those people I'd like to say, 'Nice try!' Those emails are clean as a whistle. This is not how Hillary Clinton goes down!"
Last week, Clinton's camp defended her use of a personal email account as secretary while lawmakers from both sides of the aisle called on her to release all of her emails.
"I wasn't born yesterday," she continued. "I was born 67 years ago and I have been planning on being president ever since. There will be no mistakes in my rise to the top — if I decide to run, who knows? Who knows? I might not."
McKinnon's Clinton then shared the contents of some her personal emails.
"Hey Girl!" one friend wrote. "Still up for a movie tonight? I heard that new Bradley Cooper one is hot! What do you want to see?"
Clinton's response: "I want to see myself as President of the United States of America."
"See?" McKinnon said. "Just fun woman talk."
She also shared "sexy" email she sent to Bill Clinton on their anniversary:
Dear Sir or Madam,
Congratulations on your continued marital success. I would like to schedule a sit-down at your earliest convenience.
The Office of Hillary Clinton
"I'm not stopping with email," she continued. "Wanna check my Netflix? Go for it. Every day I watch 'House of Cards' from start to finish. I jog in place while watching it like I'm in a 'Rocky' training montage."
McKinnon's maniacally wide-eyed, almost animatronic impersonation of Clinton as an evil, power-obsessed politician is in stark contrast to former "SNL" star Amy Poehler's portrayal of Clinton as a fun-loving, pants-suit wearing senator.
And unlike what happened with Poehler's portrayal, something tells us Hillary Clinton won't be showing up on the "SNL" set to meet McKinnon anytime soon.