I never knew I could like Alec Baldwin so much, but his time portraying Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live has gone beyond the parameters of normal comic parody. Baldwin has become a voice for those skeptical of the Trump presidency.
Trump has been vocal about his displeasure over the comedy sketches SNL has written around him. He has consistently called the sketches "biased" and "not fair" on Twitter, and Baldwin has promptly and consistently responded to Trump's comments with the perfect comebacks.
Most recently, Baldwin did a sketch last night in which Trump's office tried desperately to get Trump to stop tweeting, but Trump just couldn't help himself, resulting in a lack of production as he prepares to take over the White House.
Trump, of course, fired back.
Just tried watching Saturday Night Live - unwatchable! Totally biased, not funny and the Baldwin impersonation just can't get any worse. Sad— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 4, 2016
But Baldwin doesn't depend on the writers of SNL for his humor. He had his response ready to go.
...@realDonaldTrump— ABFoundation (@ABFalecbaldwin) December 4, 2016
Release your tax returns and I'll stop.
Trump's Twitter followers were also unimpressed with his latest SNL tweet.
@realDonaldTrump are you gonna do this every week— talk about holidays, (@pultuskpa) December 4, 2016
By the way, @realDonaldTrump, if you hate the way Saturday Night Live depicts you, I would recommend not reading a history book in 50 years.— Jeff Zentner (@jeffzentner) December 4, 2016
@realDonaldTrump don't you have anything better to do than tweet about television?— Mike Davis (@byMikeDavis) December 4, 2016
It seems that every time Baldwin does an SNL skit as Trump, Trump makes some comment about how horrible it is. Every time, Baldwin responds with a flawless retort, and then Trump falls silent until the next time.
Trump is clearly not actually interested in any rhetoric on the topic. Nor is he interested in actually looking at these pieces as more than comedy — which they are. They are commentaries on the truth that a lot of people are nervous about the state of our country following the election, and rightly so.
Not to mention that if our president-elect can't even laugh at himself, then we're in for four years of listening to him complain about every late-night skit anyone dares write.
I, personally, think humor is going to be essential to make it through this presidency.
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