As they have done for decades, the cast of "Saturday Night Live" produced a humorous take on the 2016 presidential election. While the show made millions laugh over the last 18 months of the campaign, they took a different approach while opening their first post-election show.

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Whether it's Tina Fey as former half-term Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the late Phil Hartman as Ronald Reagan, Will Ferrell as George W.

Bush, or the countless others who have come before and after, "Saturday Night Live" always finds a way to tap into the comedic side of serious situation. After the election of Donald Trump this past Tuesday, the American people were stunned, with the new president-elect described as "shocked" by the results. In the days that have followed, thousands have taken to the streets to protest against Trump's win, with some getting so violent that law enforcement have deemed the protest a "riot." During the November 12 edition of "Saturday Night Live," the show opened and reflected the mood of many in the country.

Kate McKinnon, who has been playing the part of Hillary Clinton during the year, opened the show in possibly her final appearance as the former Secretary of State. Sitting at a piano, as the lights dimmed behind her. McKinnon's version of Clinton started playing "Hallelujah," with only a slight wink and a nod to the traditional comedy seen on the show.

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The opening was geared more towards the emotion many are feeling on the left, though the show did kick back into gear later on as they played a skit where Democrats, expecting an easy victory, were let down hard when the results came in. Politics have been a staple on the show since the 1970s, making sure to remain non-partisan and taking shots at both Democratic and Republican politicians over the years.

Moving forward

Despite the protests and calls for electoral voters to change their vote to Clinton, all signs point to business as usual with Trump already preparing to transition into the White House. On his way, Trump will take a detour to a federal courtroom and face charges of fraud and racketeering as the Trump University trial begins in just two weeks on November 28.

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