Alec Baldwin joins ‘SNL’ as Trump

New York Times News Service

“Saturday Night Live” has found its Donald Trump, and it’s a performer who is plenty familiar with the show.

FILE - In this June 7, 2016 file photo, Alec Baldwin attends the 2016 Fragrance Foundation Awards in New York. “Saturday Night Live” has chosen Alec Baldwin to impersonate GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump. He will debut his Trump impression opposite cast member Kate McKinnon’s continuing turn as Clinton. Trump had previously been played by announcer Darrell Hammond and by the now-departed Taran Killam. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

Alec Baldwin has been tapped to take on the role of Trump, according to an NBC spokeswoman.

Baldwin will debut as Trump for the “SNL” premiere on Saturday. Kate McKinnon, who won an Emmy for best supporting actress in a comedy for her work on the show, will return in her role as Hillary Clinton. Previously, Darrell Hammond and Taran Killam played Trump on the show.

During recent election cycles, “SNL” has turned to people outside its cast for key appointments. Tina Fey was cast as Sarah Palin in the 2008 election, even though she had left the show. And Larry David was cast as Bernie Sanders last season and received rave reviews for the performance.

“SNL” posted a teaser for the program. Though Baldwin does not utter a word, he purses his lips in Trumpesque fashion as he is outfitted with the candidate’s signature hair style.

Baldwin has been the host of “Saturday Night Live” 16 times, the most of any person in the 41-year history of the show.