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10 Times 'SNL' Parodied the 2016 Presidential Candidates

10 Times 'SNL' Parodied the 2016 Presidential Candidates
Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton appeared alongside Kate McKinnon, dressed as Hillary, on Saturday Night Live. (SNL)

By    |   Monday, 05 October 2015 01:41 PM

"Saturday Night Live" has a long and storied tradition of lampooning presidential hopefuls, and has even brought them on the show from time to time.

From 1992's famous Bush-Clinton-Perot debate sketch to Tina Fey's infamous portrayal of vice presidential contender Sarah Palin, "SNL" has played a significant role in helping the American people size up the candidates.

Gathered below are 10 times "SNL" parodied or hosted the men and women who are running for president in the 2016 election cycle.

1. Donald Trump — The GOP frontrunner is no stranger to parody, and both he and his wife Melania were lampooned in the cold-open for the 41st season of "Saturday Night Live."

2. Rick Santorum, Mike Huckabee, Jim Gilmore, Bobby Jindal — "SNL" mocked not one but four Republican candidates in a fake commercial that made fun of the men's low poll numbers and slim chances of ever becoming president. Strangely absent from the sketch was any mention of former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley.

3. Hillary Clinton — The former first lady appeared alongside her frequent impersonator Kate McKinnon this past Saturday, where the two palled around and even sang together.

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4. Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina, Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee — During the show's May 9 cold open from earlier this year, the crop of GOP hopefuls was lampooned during a fictional Southern Republican Leadership Conference. Notably, Fiorina rode in on motorcycle, Paul skateboarded, and Rubio showed off his tanned, oiled chest. The full video is now unavailable, however the following Vine video has survived, showing Huckabee playing bass.

5. Hillary Clinton — In April, McKinnon performed a mock announcement of Clinton's bid for the presidency, and even brought her husband Bill — played by Darrell Hammond — in to assist her.

6. Hillary Clinton — In March, McKinnon made fun of Clinton and her decision to use a private email server when she was Secretary of State.

7. Ted Cruz — Before Cruz announced his presidential bid, Bobby Moynihan dressed up as the firebrand senator during a sketch featuring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson as President Obama's angry side.

8. Chris Christie — In a parody segment hosted by a mock Megyn Kelly, the New Jersey governor defends his decision to quarantine a nurse during the Ebola scare last year.

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9. Chris Christie — The real Christie joined Seth Meyers for a segment of Weekend Update last November, where they discussed the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

10. Marco Rubio — "SNL" recreated Rubio's parched rebuttal to the State of the Union on Weekend Update in 2013, long before the senator announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination.

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