Kate McKinnon's Tearful 'Hallelujah' Performance as Hillary Clinton Is Catharsis for 61 Million Americans
"Saturday Night Live" resident Hillary Clinton impersonator Kate McKinnon over the weekend gave the 61 million Americans who voted for the Democratic presidential candidate the post-election catharsis they needed with a solemn performance of the late Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah."
She didn't fail to remind viewers that she was channeling Clinton, in her crisp white suit, winking to the audience and jerking her head back with her go-to tics. But overall, it was a melancholy portrayal, with some of the song's lyrics making for uncanny parallels with the campaign -- seeming to address some of the obstacles Clinton faced throughout as being seen as a "wooden" candidate, and even the historic upset itself.
"I did my best, it wasn't much. I couldn't feel, so I tried to touch. I told the truth -- I didn't come to fool you. And even though it all went wrong I'll stand before the lord of song with nothing on my tongue but hallelujah."
The song was a goodbye to many things -- to the idea of Hillary as America's first female president; to Mr. Cohen, who died the day before the election; and perhaps to Ms. McKinnon's portrayal of Mrs. Clinton on the show.
Ms. McKinnon, whose eyes welled up as she perfomed, didn't hide her reaction to Mr. Trump's election. "I'm not giving up and neither should you," she said after finishing the song. "Live from New York, it's Saturday Night!"
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CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article and its headline erroneously said nearly 70 million people voted for Hillary Clinton. The correct figure is almost 61.4 million as of Nov. 15, according to the Associated Press.