Alec Baldwin’s Trump impersonation on “Saturday Night Live” (SNL) has become a staple of American television since October of 2016. The thought of losing Baldwin’s Trump is devastating, but it is an unfortunate reality we all must grapple with this now gloomy Tuesday.
Baldwin recently told Extra‘s Mario Lopez that due to the “maliciousness” of the Trump administration, he will not impersonate the Donald much longer. The actor described how he thought Trump would cool down after taking office and become more passive with regard to his media coverage, including Baldwin’s own coverage of him — but this hasn’t happened. In fact, the opposite has perhaps happened. It seems that Donald Trump became more uptight following his inauguration, and that creates a fairly dangerous situation for America.
Baldwin specifically said:
‘His policies aside, which you can hate, I thought he would have just relaxed…The maliciousness of this White House has people worried, which is why I’m not going to do it much longer, the impersonation. I don’t know how much more people can take it… Trump just overwhelmingly lacks any kind of sportsmanship. He remains bitter and angry. And you just want to look at him and go, “You won!”‘
He also acknowledged to America’s chagrin, that he will not host the White House Correspondents Dinner (WHCD) in Trump’s place. When President Trump announced that he would not be attending the WHCD due to his continued “war” on the media, fans of SNL lovingly asserted all over social media that it was ok, because Baldwin could fill in.
That said, he claims that he will not do it largely because the organizers would not appreciate it in the way that most Americans would have.
‘If Trump himself doesn’t come and face the music, as it were, I don’t know what kind of program they’re going to have. If they wanted me to do it, I would probably do it…But I’m not quite sure they do. I think they may have a whole other idea.’
The producers of SNL are probably mourning too, as with Alec Baldwin and the Trump spoofs, the show’s ratings have skyrocketed to the best they’ve seen in six years. The consistently witty, oftentimes raunchy humour and point for point accuracy depicting the Trump administration’s latest blunders and scandals has been a welcome comedic relief to the stress and concern the administration brings.
The United States of America under President Donald J. Trump without an SNL Alec Baldwin impersonation of President Donald J. Trump is going to be one depressing, gloomy, stale America. Baldwin gave us balance in our political commentary, we were permitted a moment’s reprieve to collectively laugh at the ridiculousness of this administration.
Besides saying this is horribly dreadful news, what more can be said? Someone launch a petition to send to Baldwin, please!
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