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Kate McKinnon SNL Cold Opening Stuns With "Hallelujah"

11/13/2016 08:39 EST | Updated 11/14/2016 12:23 EST

"Saturday Night Live" punctuated the U.S. election with sharp, funny, and ironic comedy sketches. It decided to take a more sombre turn in the first show since Donald Trump's presidential victory.

Kate McKinnon reprised her Hillary Clinton character, dressed in a cream pantsuit, but this time seated at a piano.

Then she put a voice to how millions of people have felt this week. (Watch the video above.)

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In three minutes, McKinnon's "Hallelujah" brought into focus a broken nation, a search for answers and a yearning for change, while at the same time paying tribute to the recent passing of legendary Canadian artist Leonard Cohen who wrote the song.

It wasn't funny.

It was perfect.

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