Q of the Week: Who Could Best Play Hillary Clinton in Trump's Debate Prep?

Editor’s Note: This article previously appeared in a different format as part of The Atlantic’s Notes section, retired in 2021.

The presidential debates are fast-approaching, and last week, we asked who might make a good stand-in for Donald Trump in Hillary Clinton’s debate prep. This week, we turned the tables, asking our Politics & Policy Daily readers who could cleverly portray Clinton during Trump’s rehearsal. We had a handful of great responses, but here are our favorites:

Jane Curtin, suggested by Howard Cohen

Howard explains:

Since Trump is liable to borrow the famous Dan Aykroyd line “Jane, you ignorant slut” from the old Saturday Night Live's “Weekend Update” segment (which was a parody of the old 60 Minutes “Point-Counterpoint” with Shana Alexander and James J. Kilpatrick), there is no one better to play Hillary than Jane Curtin.

“Crooked Hillary, you lying witch.”

"Donald, you go from giving Bill and the D’s money to running for president as a Republican while stiffing charities and your own contract workers...”

Elizabeth Warren, suggested by Dee McMurrey

Dee has quite a lot of confidence in Clinton’s ability to handle Trump:

No person on Planet Earth needs to be afraid to face off Donald Trump in a presidential Debate.

Both Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren have no fears, whatsoever, about facing off this racist, bigoted, cruel, and manipulative child called Donald Trump.

Elizabeth Warren would favorably stand in for debate rehearsals for Hillary.

And finally,

Helen Mirren, suggested by Paul Oberst

Mirren has a history of playing powerful ladies: The Queen, Elizabeth I, etc. And she’s got experience dealing with sexist comments, too.