If President Donald Trump will not attend the White House Correspondent’s dinner, then actor Alec Baldwin would not be too opposed to standing in for him.
I will not be attending the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner this year. Please wish everyone well and have a great evening!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 25, 2017
Last Saturday, United States President Donald Trump took to Twitter by announcing that he will not go to this year’s White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner. This was after the president announced that news sites like CNN, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and other reputable news bodies are now barred from accessing White House press briefing due to “fake news.” The annual press party is supposed to celebrate “some of the best political journalism of the past year.” Something that Trump definitely doesn’t want any part of.
The only question is who will play the president if Donald Trump would not attend the press party? Some people on social media think that Alec Baldwin should.
— April (@ReignOfApril) February 25, 2017
As reported earlier by the Inquisitr, Baldwin kind of stole the limelight after being mistaken for President Trump. Instead of the president, his photo was used by a Dominican Republic newspaper, which the paper apologized for later. Just recently, the 58-year-old actor hinted that he is not opposed to “playing Trump” at the White House dinner should the need arise.
This Wednesday, Baldwin appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live and went on about the absence of President Trump at the annual press party. The White House already confirmed that the dinner will still push through even if President Trump will not be in attendance, The Washington Post reported.
“It’s interesting. There are people who, now that he’s not going to the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, there are people who are lobbying to play Trump at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner,” Baldwin said regarding the issue.
In response, Kimmel asked whether the infamous Trump impersonator is not one of those people who wish to ‘play’ and go to the dinner as America’s president. Is he not one of those ‘lobbying’ for the position?
“Well, I wouldn’t say I’m not lobbying,” Baldwin replied and went on to explain that there are also others who wish to impersonate America’s president.
“There’s a couple of guys on the internet who say, ‘No, please. I’m the only man who should play Trump.’ And there’s a lot of Trump competition sucked into this.”
Although the competition exists, Baldwin’s masquerade as Trump from Saturday Night Live already gained him much popularity. Earlier, about the same time Trump tweeted about his impending absence to one of the biggest press events in the U.S., people have expressed their desire to see Baldwin impersonating Trump at the White House dinner.
Email from a viewer: “PLEASE, please, have Alec Baldwin invited to the White House Correspondents dinner since Trump is not going…”
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) February 25, 2017
If it happens, though, President Donald Trump may not be too happy at all if Alec Baldwin steps in to take his place at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. There’s a big question, though. Is it possible to impersonate the president during the Dinner?
As it turns out, comedians are welcomed as hosts at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, where they have free rein to poke fun at the president’s face – or impersonate them – all for the sake of entertainment, TV Line noted. Last year’s dinner was hosted by Larry Wilmore from The Nightly Show. Cecily Strong from Saturday Night Live hosted the Dinner in 2015. Joel McHale of Community, on the other hand, did his own hosting in 2014. One of the most memorable Correspondents’ Dinner happened in 2006 under George W. Bush when TV host and comedian Stephen Colbert tartly criticize the former president for bending the truth.
In the end, Kimmel showed his support to Baldwin as Trump’s best impersonator.
“It should be the one the president hates seeing do it the most – and that’s undoubtedly you.”
So what do you think of Alec Baldwin impersonating President Donald Trump? Would it be something you’d want to see on national TV? Don’t forget to share your thoughts.
If you missed the exchange between Jimmy Kimmel and Alec Baldwin, be sure to check out the video below.
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