Donald Trump’s Twitter Attack on Alec Baldwin Left Us Scratching Our Heads
President Donald Trump is no stranger to the celebrity feud — both when he was a celebrity, and now with the ones who contest his presidency. However, his feud with actor Alec Baldwin may be the one to trump all others.
We’ll first explore Trump’s history with Saturday Night Live, then detail what sparked the argument and the tweets that followed (page 5).
Baldwin is getting a bit sick of Trump
To say the least. Baldwin told The Hollywood Reporter that playing Trump on SNL is “like agony,” and that he didn’t know how much longer he could do it.
“I’ll vote for … I don’t care. Anybody over this guy. It doesn’t matter. We have to get rid of him. And that’s another project I’m working on. I was the keynote speaker at the Democratic Dinner in Iowa, and I’m gonna go do a couple more of those this year,” Baldwin said.
Next: How Baldwin gets close to Trump.
He plays him on Saturday Night Live
SNL has incorporated Trump as a quasi-character into skits for the last 30 years including Darrell Hammond as Trump the ‘Reform politician’ and Trump the ‘reality TV star.’ Trump even hosted the show twice — once in 2004 while The Apprentice had high ratings, once in 2015 when he announced his run for president — with little controversy.
Once Trump was declared the official Republican nominee, Baldwin began to frequently portray ‘candidate Trump’ and eventually, ‘President Trump.’
Next: Trump is the first president to do this.
This wasn’t Trump’s first public attack at SNL
The president immediately took to Twitter following one of Baldwin’s early performances. “Watched Saturday Night Live hit job on me,” he wrote, “Time to retire the boring and unfunny show. Alec Baldwin portrayal stinks. Media rigging election!”
After the election, Baldwin became so frequent a guest star that many considered him a season 42 regular. “NBCNews is bad but Saturday Night Live is the worst of NBC. Not funny, cast is terrible, always a complete hit job. Really bad television!” Trump wrote following an episode that aired a few days before his inauguration.
Next: The first attack is launched.
Trump went at Baldwin on a more personal level
Trump responded promptly to Baldwin’s THR comments — first with a misspelled Tweet which was deleted 10 minutes later. The final comment read, “Alec Baldwin, whose dying mediocre career was saved by his terrible impersonation of me on SNL, now says playing me was agony. Alec, it was agony for those who were forced to watch. Bring back Darrell Hammond, funnier and a far greater talent!
Next: Baldwin fired back.
Baldwin responded on Trump’s favorite platform
The actor took his presidential critique to Twitter in response to Trump’s attack. “Agony though it might be, I’d like to hang in there for the impeachment hearings, the resignation speech … You know. The Good Stuff. That we’ve all been waiting for.”
He got the last word with a final dig imagining Trump’s Presidential Library. “A putting green. Recipes for chocolate cake. A live Twitter feed for visitors to post on. A little black book w the phone numbers of porn stars. You’re in and out in five minutes. Just like…,” he wrote.
Next: Trump isn’t the only one unhappy with the role.
Turns out Baldwin has hesitations with his portrayal, too
Baldwin spoke with Senator Bernie Sanders in October 2017, only a month after he took home an Emmy for his portrayal of the president on SNL.
“In terms of Trump, do you think that we’re kind of making him a little too cuddly and a little too funny, and we’re taking people’s mind off something really more serious?” Baldwin asked Sanders, to which he replied: “I think what we have to focus on on Trump is what he is doing.”
Next: What we know about what’s next for the president and his comedy counterpart.
So … what’s next?
While Trump is still president, the jury is out on how much longer Baldwin will choose to portray him on SNL. One thing is for sure — we don’t expect to see Trump hosting, or even in the audience, anytime soon.
Baldwin finished off the argument with a dig at the first lady. “… Mr President…,” he wrote, “please ask your wife to stop calling me for SNL tickets.”
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