Kate McKinnon, as Hillary Clinton, sings “Hallelujah” for SNL’s cold open — watch

A fitting tribute to Leonard Cohen that also sought to make sense of the last week

On Tuesday, America lost its way, choosing fear over hope, an unqualified bigot over an overly qualified woman. On Thursday, music lost a poet and singer of unparalleled talent who could make sense of even the most dire of subjects. On Saturday, the cast and crew of SNL did their best to comprehend the events of the last week with Leonard Cohen’s most iconic song, “Hallelujah”. Kate McKinnon, as Hillary Clinton, played the ballad solo on a grand piano during the show’s cold open. At the end of the performance, McKinnon turned to the audience and said, “I’m not giving up, and neither should you.”

Revisit the powerful moment below.


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