Tina Fey brought her iconic Sarah Palin impression back to 'SNL'

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Tina Fey brought her iconic impression of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin back to Saturday Night Live to spoof the governor's endorsement of Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump.

Miming the former governor's free-associative, occasionally rhyming rhetorical style, on Saturday, Fey demonstrated that her grasp of Palin's folksy idiosyncrasies is still just as strong as when she ran as Sen. John McCain's (R-Arizona) running mate in 2008.

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SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE WEEKEND UPDATE THURSDAY -- Episode 103 -- airdate 10/23/2008 -- Pictured: (l-r) Darrell Hammond as Senator John McCain, Tina Fey as Governor Sarah Palin, Will Ferrell as President George W. Bush (Photo by Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
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"They stomp on our necks. They say 'Take a chill pill, Jill. What's the big deal? But we are mad, we've been had, we're not so glad, quote the Lorrax," Fey said, referencing the Dr. Seuss character.

The skit also mocked Palin's politicization of her son's recent domestic violence arrest, which the former governor attempted to link to President Obama's foreign policy doctrine.

"We've seen our own children targeted by the police for no reason other than they've committed some crimes," Fey said.

Though SNL spoofs political figures on a weekly basis, Fey's Palin impression is viewed as one of the most notable political impressions in recent SNL history because of Fey's spot-on recreation of Palin's tone, phrasing, and even physical appearance.

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Sarah Palin and Donald Trump sat down for pizza at Famous Famiglia pizza on Broadway at 50th St. Trump said 'she didn't ask me (to run with her) but I'll tell you, she's a terrific woman.' (Photo By: John Roca/NY Daily News via Getty Images)
Sarah Palin and Donald Trump sat down for pizza at a Famiglia pizza on Broadway at 50th St. Trump said 'she didn't ask me (to run with her) but I'll tell you, she's a terrific woman,' (Photo By: Andrew Savulich/NY Daily News via Getty Images)
Supporters watch Sarah Palin and Donald Trump sit down for pizza at a Famous Famiglia pizza on Broadway at 50th St. (Photo By: Andrew Savulich/NY Daily News via Getty Images)
Donald Trump, Sarah Palin and Melania Trump sat down for pizza at a Famiglia pizza on Broadway at 50th St. Trump said 'she didn't ask me (to run with her) but I'll tell you, she's a terrific woman,' (Photo By: Andrew Savulich/NY Daily News via Getty Images)
Sarah Palin and Donald Trump sat down for pizza at a Famiglia pizza on Broadway at 50th St. Trump said 'she didn't ask me (to run with her) but I'll tell you, she's a terrific woman,' (Photo By: John Roca/NY Daily News via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 31: Former U.S. Vice presidential candidate and Alaska Governor Sarah Palin (R), and Donald Trump walk towards a limo after leaving Trump Tower, at 56th Street and 5th Avenue, on May 31, 2011 in New York City. Palin and Trump met for a dinner meeting in the city. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 31: Former U.S. Vice presidential candidate and Alaska Governor Sarah Palin (R), and Donald Trump walk towards a limo after leaving Trump Tower, at 56th Street and 5th Avenue, on May 31, 2011 in New York City. Palin and Trump met for a dinner meeting in the city. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 31: Former U.S. Vice presidential candidate and Alaska Governor Sarah Palin (C), shakes hands with a supporter while Donald Trump (L), waits after leaving Trump Tower, at 56th Street and 5th Avenue, on May 31, 2011 in New York City. Palin and Trump met for a dinner meeting in the city. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 31: Former U.S. Vice presidential candidate and Alaska Governor Sarah Palin (R), shakes hands with a supporter while Donald Trump (L), waits after leaving Trump Tower, at 56th Street and 5th Avenue, on May 31, 2011 in New York City. Palin and Trump met for a dinner meeting in the city. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
Donald Trump makes a point as he walks with former governor of Alaska Sarah Palin in New York City as they make their way to a scheduled meeting Tuesday, May 31, 2011. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
FILE - In this May 31, 2011 file photo, Donald Trump walks with former governor of Alaska Sarah Palin in New York City. The Republican presidential front-runner Trump received a key endorsement from conservative heavyweight Sarah Palin, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle, File)
Donald Trump makes a point as he walks with former governor of Alaska Sarah Palin in New York City as they make their way to a scheduled meeting Tuesday, May 31, 2011. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
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It was so influential in 2008 that some research showed even younger Republican and independent voters who'd seen it were less likely to hold favorable views of the vice presidential nominee.

Indeed, on Saturday, the punchlines were often simply repeated words from Palin's speech.

"Heads are spinning. They're saying Trump and his trumpeters, are right-wingin', bitter-clingin', proud-clingers of our guns, but he can kick ISIS' a**," Fey said, all phrases directly lifted from the governor's endorsement speech this week.

Watch the skit below:


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