SNL's Hillary Clinton Gives the "Love Actually" Treatment to an Elector
Because it's almost Christmas, and at Christmas you tell the truth, we've missed seeing Kate McKinnon portray Hillary Clinton on each episode of "Saturday Night Live," like we did throughout the campaign season. But due to something a like Christmas miracle, we were treated to an appearance by McKinnon's Clinton in last night's episode combined with a tribute to the seminal holiday classic "Love Actually."
Remember that ugly-cry-inducing scene where Mark (Andrew Lincoln) declares his love for his best friend's girl Juliet (Kiera Knightly) "without hope or agenda" via cue cards on Christmas Eve? Well in the sketch, Clinton takes a similar approach in her last ditch efforts to stop President-elect Donald Trump. Hillary shows up, cue cards and boom box playing "Silent Night" in hand, to appeal to a red-state elector, who just happens to be dressed exactly like Kiera Knightly.
"I know you're an elector," Clinton says via cue card. "And on December 19 you're supposed to vote for Donald Trump, but bish...he cray."
She goes on to point out the hefty list of controversy already caused by the president-elect, and that electors legally happen to be able to vote for literally any eligible person — they don't even have to vote for her! And that pesky $1,000 fine electors will incur if they don't vote according to their state's popular vote? Clinton's offered to cover that, too.
But just because this is a sketch on SNL doesn't mean this scenario is totally impossible, thanks to the weird workings of the Electoral College. There are already several so-called "Hamilton electors" who have said they won't cast their ballots for Trump, despite how their state voted. After all, only 29 of the 50 states have passed laws "binding" their electors to the outcome of the popular vote — and in most cases, the penalty for going against that is a small fine. And right now, only 37 electors have to defect from Trump's camp to cost him the majority. If they don't vote for Clinton instead, which they likely wouldn't, the tiny matter of our president would be up for the Republican-controlled House of Representatives to decide. But whatever the outcome, we'll have our final answer after the vote goes down tomorrow.
Check out the full "Love Actually" spoof below:
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