When Donald Trump was elected the U.S. president in 2016, he understood that the positive results of that victory came with negative aspects, such as becoming an easy target for liberals and late-night comedians.
One of the best-known Trump impersonators is Alec Baldwin, the Democratic activist who has portrayed him on a regular basis during Saturday Night Live.
While the two men have clashed over Baldwin’s imitation in the past, on Thursday, March 1, the comedian told the Hollywood Reporter that he might be losing interest in donning an orange wig and saying the words “believe me” over and over.
During his interview with Lacey Rose, the liberal comedian referred to his portrayal of Trump by stating:
Every time I do it now, it's like agony. Agony.
If things don't go in the right direction for the midterms, … I could go out on the street, stand on any corner and tap 10 people on the shoulder. And all 10 of them, in all likelihood, would be more qualified -- ethically, morally, intellectually and spiritually -- than Trump.
“I'll vote for Mitt Romney,” he continued. “I don't care. Anybody over this guy. It doesn't matter. We have to get rid of him.”
Baldwin then commented, “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.”
“My wife and I agreed that we're gonna give it everything we have,” the comedian added. “And then if, God forbid, he wins again in 2020, I'm wondering can I host a game show in Spain?”
During the following morning, Trump slammed the comic by tweeting:
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!
In an article posted that morning by Aidan McLaughlin, the senior editor of politics and media for the Mediaite.com website noted: “Unless [Trump] is impeached, after all, the actor has at least three more years of regularly impersonating the president.”
Nevertheless, McLaughlin stated, “Baldwin did not mince words while discussing his feelings about continuously portraying the president, despite the fact that he won an Emmy for the impression.”
The senior editor then quoted a message posted by Trump on October 16, 2016, when the Republican noted: “Watched Saturday Night Live hit job on me. Time to retire the boring and unfunny show. Alec Baldwin portrayal stinks. Media rigging election!”
It didn’t take long for the liberal comic to respond to the postings on Twitter using an account for the Hilaria and Alec Baldwin Foundation. Baldwin fired back by stating:
Agony though it may be, I’d like to hang in there for the impeachment hearings, the resignation speech, the farewell helicopter ride to Mara-A-Lago.
You know. The Good Stuff. That we’ve all been waiting for.
Baldwin then posted he was looking forward to “the Trump 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.”
He finally attempted to embarrass Trump by adding: “And Mr President … please ask your wife to stop calling me for SNL tickets. (Hey, Melania … we’ve got Charles Barkley this Saturday!)”
The Democratic comedian will debut a new talk show on ABC, which has ordered multiple episodes of Sundays With Alec Baldwin. The hour-long program will debut after the Oscars on Sunday with comedians Jerry Seinfeld and Kate McKinnon as guests, according to Ron Dicker of the Huffington Post.
“Sunday’s first look is billed as a ‘sneak peak’ to be followed by eight additional episodes planned for later this year,” Dicker stated. “The show will feature in-depth one-on-one conversations with newsmakers," ABC said.
“I’m excited about this show and grateful to ABC for taking a chance on me in what is, admittedly, a crowded field,” Baldwin told Entertainment Weekly. “I’ve enjoyed doing my podcast for WNYC and look forward to the challenge of doing a show on camera.”
As NewsBusters previously reported, this Trump impersonator isn’t the only liberal Democrat to get a new talk show on television this year. David Letterman got a program entitled My Next Guest Needs No Introduction, and his first guest on January 12 on the Netflix pay-cable channel was former President Barack Obama.