In three distinct segments last night, “Saturday Night Live” pretty well encapsulated many of liberal America's reactions to Donald Trump's election as president. It was a little like working your way through the five stages of grief on live TV.

At the top of the show was a highly unusual and subdued musical performance — not a sketch — featuring Kate McKinnon dressed as Hillary Clinton and singing “Hallelujah,” by Leonard Cohen, who died last week.

At the end, McKinnon-as-Clinton doesn't crack a joke but simply says, “I'm not giving up, and neither should you.”

And the show was off.

Next was highly anticipated host Dave Chappelle's 11-minute monologue. Elahe Izadi has the full thing here, but here's a snippet:

The whites were furious. I’ve never seen anything like it. I haven’t seen whites this mad since the O.J. verdict. White people screaming on both sides, “Aahhh!”
I’m not saying I’m enjoying it; I’m just saying I’ve never seen this before. I watched a white riot in Portland, Oregon, on television the other night. News said they did a million dollars’ worth of damage. Every black person was watching that like, “Amateurs.”
So I'm staying out of it. I’m just going to take a knee like Kaepernick and let the whites figure this out among themselves. Know what I mean?

Chappelle also labeled Trump an “Internet troll” and concluded with some heavy, choice words:


“I’m wishing Donald Trump luck, and I’m going to give him a chance,” Chappelle said. “And we, the historically disenfranchised, demand that he give us one, too.”

And lastly was SNL's “Election Night” sketch, in which a bunch of white liberals watch the results in real time with Chappelle — and later, Chris Rock, who showed up midway through. Chappelle and Rock scoff at their disbelief that Trump might just win and the idea that this is the worst thing the country has ever done.

The sketch also includes the white liberals recalling their friends at left-leaning media outlets having assured them that Clinton would win.


“My friend at the Huffington Post says she wins by five points,” Cecily Strong said.

“Well, I dunno,” Vanessa Bayer retorts. “My friend at Slate says she'll win by three.”

Then they chew over the ideas that Trump could win the popular vote but lose the electoral college and that there might never be another Republican president — both hot takes from the media that proved very wrong by the end of the night.

“Word?” Chappelle responds. “You ever been around this country?”

He adds at another point when they're talking about Clinton winning: “It might be a historic night, but don't forget it's a big country.”

Which pretty much says it all.